One of my favourite songs by Ron Kenoly is “whose report will you believe?” The chorus to the song is “we shall believe the report of the Lord!” I love the song because it challenges us to believe God’s report even when we are surrounded by all sorts of reports from others and from within.
These reports or opinions are often based on what people perceive which may not always be right. Nevertheless opinions often affect us positively or negatively. If a person is regularly told, “you are no good”, “you will amount to nothing”, “you are worthless”, etc., it is only a matter of time before the person starts suffering from low self-esteem and engaging in destructive behaviours. The reverse is the case when a person is regularly praised and complimented.