(Proverbs 20:30 KJV) The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
I have a personality that wants to avoid conflict. I desire peace but it is not always available. One of the things I have had to learn is that there is a time to speak up and take risks. That is the active side of learning. The passive side also is a problem. I don’t like to be corrected. I find it very painful and not just because I don’t like being wrong. I can intellectually accept the fact that I don’t know everything. What gets me down is the insult involved.
The thing I need to learn is that the insulting part of the correction is often necessary to get me to listen. If it wasn’t then self-help books would have made the world a perfect place. I remember what is now an old joke about a farmer saying his mule was really smart. He would then pick up a board and smack the mule up side the head. When questioned he said, “That is just to get his attention.”
So? It may be a rough day. If I learn to pay attention maybe tomorrow will go better. Of course the best solution would be to pay attention to what the word says and the Holy Spirit reinforces, but I don’t have a great record on that.