In our build-your-self-esteem world, it's becoming increasingly rare for people to give or receive honest, constructive criticism.
Even worse, many Christians are convinced God never rebukes or disciplines His followers. I've often heard someone say that when God looks at them, He doesn't see their sins; He only sees Jesus.
This belief isn't found in the Bible.
Scripture tells us we're counted righteous in Christ, but that doesn't mean God is ignorant of our sins or content with our character.
God "disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” Hebrews 12:6
His Word "is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-18).
God doesn't sugar-coat it:
"Any who love knowledge want to be told when they are wrong. It is stupid to hate being corrected." Proverbs 12:1 GNT
God forgives our sins, but He loves us too much to overlook them. Let's not be stupid.