Our culture tells us that we suffer from low self-esteem. But in reality we thinks so much of ourselves, and our own thoughts, that we routinely prefer our own way to that of the Omniscient, All-wise God.
We think much of ourselves, and so it is not easy to receive criticism. However, we must humble ourselves, and receive Christ's evaluation, if we are to see ourselves as we really are...
Archibald Hall's Gospel Worship: 'Yes; thou, and only thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive all glory, and blessing, and honour, and power; [cf. Revelation 4:11; 5:12] for thou hast created all things, thou art the God of the whole earth; [cf. Isaiah 54:5] and what is superlatively good to sinful men, thou art in Christ the God and Father of the church. Thine awful and amiable glories shine on men with unutterable comfort, while thou sittest on thy throne, to look upon like a jasper, and a sardine stone; and a rainbow round about thy throne, in sight like unto an emerald, Revelation 4:2-3.'
Loraine Boettner's Studies in Theology: 'The book of Revelation is one sustained hymn of praise to Christ as King, setting forth the glory of His person and the triumph of His kingdom. He is declared to be "the Ruler of the kings of the earth," Revelation 1:5. He has "made us to be a kingdom, to be priests unto His God and Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion for ever and ever," Revelation 1:6. In Revelation 5 He is pictured as sitting on the throne and receiving homage and worship from all the hosts of heaven and earth. All opposition is to be utterly crushed: "and out of His mouth proceedeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron. ... And He hath on His garment and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS," Revelation 19:15-16,—not that He will use violence or military force, but rather that His conquest of the nations is to be accomplished by the preaching of the Gospel, as is indicated by the fact that the sword proceeds "out of His mouth;" and, continuing with the same figure of speech, while it will be an immeasurable pleasure and privilege for His people to be ruled by Him, His rule will be as complete and effective as if enforced with a rod of iron.'