Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. (Proverbs 27:6 KJV)
For the last several years I have been blessed and honored to have a friend, brother in Christ! I'm not just talking about your run of the mill friendship!!!
As I was reading the scriptures tonight this verse jumped off the page "faithful are the wounds of a friend.....".
I can't tell you how many times my brother has been wounded by the truths that I have shared with him.
In the same breath, I can't tell you how many times he has wounded me with the truths that he has shared with me!
Yes, a faithful friend is not going to back down or away when I am straying from God's plan for my life!!! A faithful friend has been given the right or authority to stop me in my tracks and challenge me!!! Yes, it's hard to swallow sometimes but, it is a wound, and wounds heals!!!
I would much rather be wounded by the truth coming from a faithful friend than to be covered in " deceitful kisses from an enemy"! Sure, I have enough sense to know who my enemies are! Sometimes though my enemy may be much closer than I realize!!! Rather than someone speaking the truth, they tell me what I want to hear!!! It's in that moment that I'm deceived! Tell me what "I want to hear" and you will see me on a path of destruction! It is for this reason I'm thankful for my brother in Christ, who is not afraid to judge my actions, speak the truth of the gospel into my life!
Most of all I'm thankful for my Heavenly Father, My LORD and SAVIOR Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!!
Have you sought out a brother or sister in Christ who will hold you to God's standards?