How do you react to an accusation?
I didn’t intend for it to turn out that way!
It isn’t nearly as bad as you’re making it out to be.
You don’t understand what I’ve been through…
The gospel alone can free us for honesty, ownership, and admission, because the gospel alone destroys the sting and judgment associated with criticism. The gospel takes away the fear that drives defensiveness and frees us to openly admit our shortcomings.
The gospel says, “In the place of your deepest failure and shame, you are loved most tenderly.”
The gospel says, “Your deepest fears were already borne by your Savior.”
The gospel says, “Your sins were exposed, and dealt with, at the cross. The battle is already over.”