July 07, 2020
Proverbs 27:6 (KJB) Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
This proverb contains vital truth. A sincere friend is one who will elect to wound you with the truth if necessary rather than agree with you in deceit. A friend is one who shares in your best interest, even if that means he must present painful facts to you that perhaps you do not want to hear.
On the other hand, an enemy may try to cozy up to you by using sugary speech and flattery, pretending to be your friend, confidant, and best ally. However, these kinds of deceptive motives will eventually work their way to the top, rising like cream in a pint of fresh farm milk.
Any truth spoken by a genuine friend and brethren in Christ could sting for a moment, but in the long run, in alignment with the character of God, will always prove the best option in the long term. Being upfront with another is the best way to serve God in love (Ephesians 4:15) by tempering a hard truth with a generous spirit.
This world is full of phony people more likely to tell you want to hear than to wound you with hard truth laced with love. Genuine friends and family knitted together by God are willing to share reality as directed by God for your best interest rather than feed you tales and deception.
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