Faithful are the Wounds of a Friend...

09/13/2012 10:45
Have you ever felt like your friend was intervening in your business, your situation, your problem and you didn’t ask them to. Or maybe out of the blue they decided to give you advice you didn’t ask for. Well, we all have experienced that.
Our friend speaks the truth about a situation or person in our lives and because we are not ready to accept or hear the truth we get upset, angry, and offended. We get so angry that we decide we don’t even want to talk to the particular friend anymore. Well the Word tells us, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend.
Though what they said may have hurt or offended us,  they only said it help us. Sometimes our friends and family can see things about a person or situation we can’t see.
Sometimes God will allow the Holy Spirit to convict certain friends in our lives to tell us the truth about our poblems to help us and spare us from future pain. Because many of us are so prideful, we refuse to listen to their advice and even become offended when they offer it to us.
Many of us think, “How dare they tell me what to do about my life, when they got problems of their own." Well we all have all have problems but this is not about them-this is about YOU! 

In Proverbs 27:5 Solomon tells us an “Open rebuke is better than hidden love.”  It is better that a friend tell us the truth about a situation than keep it to themsleves because they feel what they say might hurt our feelings.
A real friend loves you so much that they will risk hurting you to help you. Just because you don't like what they are saying doesn't mean what they are saying isn't true.
Though what they say might make you mad at the beginning, in the end, you will appreciate their honestly and truth. Proverbs 28:3 says,  “In the end, people appreciate honest criticism, far more than flattery.” In the end, I would rather have my friend hurt my feelings by telling me the truth than lie to me to keep me happy or keep the peace-especially when they know I am clearly going down a road that will lead to my own self-destruction.

Today I encourage you to listen to advice from your close friends. Sometimes God will give them a message for you that will significantly help and change your life. Allow your Holy Spirit to discern if it is truly from God.  And though what they say might hurt you initially, in the end it will help. The Word tells us in Proverbs 17:9, “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.” Proverbs 17:9.
Today’s Scripture: “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” Proverbs 17:17