Ps 19:12-13 – “Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. 13 Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.” NASU
Sometimes it takes more than prayer and personal introspection to discover flaws in our lives that others can see but we overlook. It may take the willingness of a friend or someone who loves us to pull back the veil and help us see the beam that is in our own eyes. Proverbs 27:6 declares, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend [who corrects out of love and concern], But kisses of an enemy are deceitful [because they serve his hidden agenda]”. Amplified
If we are going to develop and grow spiritually to the place, position, and condition that God desires us to achieve we MUST discover those flaws often identified as “Blind Spots”. Not only must we discover them, but we must address them and take corrective action to win victory over them and remove them from our lives. That is not an easy assignment and often quite unpleasant. Most of us, say “I’m human, I make mistakes” but admitting those mistakes is not something that comes naturally to most. We would prefer to think that we are not flawed vessels or that we have no major flaws and our “blind spots” are only small token things that do not amount to much. Those areas are often if not normally areas in which we believe we have no flaws because we cannot see them. That’s why they are called “blind spots”.
In our development spiritually we need consistency, self-discipline, and must use our God-given ability to think and reason. If we become blind followers of some leader or religion without using our ability to muse and meditate upon the word placing line upon line and precept upon precept we will be easy marks for deception. It is thinking people that the devil has the most problem with. I want to identify a few areas and ask a few questions which can lead to a more complete victory and an identification of possible problem areas.
I had a seasoned minister ask me, “Can you handle negative criticism?” Before I had a chance to say, “Absolutely!” He said, “No you cannot!” I was somewhat offended and very surprised because I thought I was very good at handling “criticism” of any kind. I thought, “You don’t know me that well, to make that judgment.” The Holy Spirit helped me to realize that “few who are independent thinkers and have a call to leadership can handle negative criticism well.” I know that some reading this are saying, “Well, I can!” I won’t challenge that, you may well be able to, but I hope that if this is a blind spot in your life the Holy Spirit will help me help you to see that flaw or kink in your armor. I know what it is like to be so severely criticized that you want to throw in the towel and quit. Galatians 6:9 tells us that, “Be not weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.” The Apostle Paul demonstrated the place we can reach, in Jesus, where we have the maturity and confidence to endure the hardship of negative criticism. He never allowed it to blur his vision and continued to demonstrate love toward those throwing verbal or literal stones at him. I recall, a lady in the congregation told me just prior to our pastoral election that I was the worst pastor she had ever had, then I received 100% of the vote. I asked her about it because I knew she voted. I asked why she voted for someone so inept as she viewed me. She said, “Because everyone else believes you are the right man for the job.” I took to heart her criticism and found that there were areas in which I needed to adjust my attitude as well as my actions.
It is often difficult to differentiate between constructive, biblical criticism which is for our good and destructive negative criticism which is of evil design and has the purpose of pushing us off track and dim our vision and focus. Recognizing the difference is the key to handling genuine blind spots. Both can be negative in their content, but one is constructive and the other destructive.
I want to address this more but will pause and wait until tomorrow to continue. Until then, I pray that the LORD will enable you to be open to suggestions as to possible “blind spots” in your own life. We can all see the flaws in others, but can we see our own flaws in a constructive manner and change?
God bless you richly as you enjoy this day in Jesus!