The late cartoonist Charles Schultz was known for making important points in his Peanuts comic strip. Here’s one of his more powerful points:
Lucy says, “You know what the whole trouble with you is, Charlie Brown?”
Charlie replies, “No, and I don’t want to know! Leave me alone!” And then he walks off disgustedly and frowning.
But Lucy, as usual, has the last word. She yells at him: “The whole trouble with you is you won’t listen to what the whole trouble with you is!”
Lucy suggests here that it benefits us to listen to what the trouble with us is. Even though the truth about the trouble with us might hurt.
We have an obligation to inform others of their sins, for James says, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.” (Gal. 6:1).
But one also has the obligation to listen honestly to constructive criticism. “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (Jam. 1:19-20).
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