Posted by: Rolf | October 24, 2011

Honesty…

We can all get off track and at times do things that are wrong, self-destructive or hurtful to others. Happy is the man who has a true friend, who is willing to deliver a “faithful wound” to set him straight. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy” (Proverbs 27:6, Revised Standard Version).

It is difficult to exhort someone, but a true friend is up to the task—and a true friendship will grow stronger as a result.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton said, “One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.”

Correcting someone in love requires meekness, tact and wisdom. If you love someone enough, you will diligently seek God’s help to discern when it needs to be done and how to do it correctly. What positive fruit such love produces. If, for example, you fulfill the process described in Matthew 18:15-17 successfully, “thou hast gained thy brother”—you grow closer as a result!

How true is the wisdom contained in Proverbs 27:17: “Iron sharpened iron; so a man sharpened the countenance of his friend?”

In His Grip and Serving Grace…

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