Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
True friends are hard to find and rare are the genuine Christian ones.
Believe it or not but godly friendship brings with it pain and sorrow too. No man to man relationship is perfect nor without pain to some degree at one point or another in all of our lives.
True Christian friends should be able to tell one another of their faults even if it hurts because it is in our best interest that we are open with one another and operate in honesty with one another. This kind of friendship/relationship is necessary and much needed in the world today.
A person who truly loves us will and should take the risk of telling us the truth. If they don’t this would make me question the realness of the relationship.
James 5:6 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
What kind of love is it that does not reveals itself in action? What do we call that? True love not only reveals but it benefits all parties involved.
A true friend sticks around and help you heal from the wound of truth that God allowed them to bring upon us in our friendship with them because He knows it will eventually push us to our next step of faith in Him.
Iron sharpens iron, so true Christian friends sharpens one another. Jesus already told us what the enemy came to do to us in John 10:10 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I would rather suffer at the hands of a true Christian friend than to suffer at the hands of my enemy. The enemy wound you to kill you but a friend wound you with the intent of helping to steer you in the right direction to where God is.
An enemy or a so called friend who is not genuine but deceitful in all their ways may be warm and friendly to you but they cannot be trusted because they do not speak the truth to you nor is their motive and intention in the right place concerning you.
To grow in spiritual maturity we need truth as well as love and it is the person who does both who is not only the right friend but a godly friend.
Throughout the old and new testaments we see where love and truth goes hand in hand. Like a glove, they must fit together.
As sisters and brothers in Christ we need to practice speaking truth to one another with no hidden motives or hidden agenda, but for the right reason and in a way that will help build our spirit man.
Ephesians 4:15 Love should always make us tell the truth. Then we will grow in every way and be more like Christ, the head.
As people of God, let our conversations be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Wounds from a friend are better than many kisses from an enemy! WOW!
Indeed, the pain of a Christian friend is profitable.