But fear tactics, spiritual bullying, & intimidation, which many street corner or angry prophets undertake as tools to communicate an exaggerated, imbalanced or graceless truth, this instigates the opposite response.
Nevertheless, the same grace of God that offers unconditional love will indeed also offer unadulterated truth about the condition of our hearts & lives. Which is why when I go before God in prayer, it is with no assumptions about how far I've come or where I currently stand... except firm in His unconditional love. All the rest is up for grabs. Two prayers I pray: Show me Your heart, oh God. Show me my heart, oh God. And, at the time, whatever He wishes me to see about both is 'yes & amen'.
When Jesus lovingly declares a community of saints as largely poor, miserable, naked, & blind, no amount of faith confessions & self-declaring victory slogans, nor stanzas of "Jesus loves me" can change that painful truth - Only repentance. No amount of tallying up & listing off of current good works can be offered as a suitable response - Only repentance. And there can be no repentance if there is unwillingness to consider that that which Jesus spoke could, in fact, be true. As true as the truth of His unconditional love.
But know this, when He speaks such a hard truth, the yielding to it takes you way further upward than the trip you must first make downward.