Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
Aren’t you thankful for that close friend who is willing to tell you what you need to hear even if it hurts?
I think of the life of David and how several people in his life told him what he needed to hear at the time. Nathan rebuked him for his sins of murder, adultery and the cover up (2 Samuel 12). Abigail pleaded with him to calm down and not take vengeance upon the house of Nabal (1 Samuel 25). Bathsheba stirred up the aging David to make sure Solomon, and not Adonijah, was put on the throne of Israel (1 Kings 1). Joab had to confront David after the death of Absalom to help David regain some perspective (2 Samuel 19). Gad was sent by God to correct and pronounce God’s punishment upon David and Israel because of the numbering of the people (1 Chronicles 21). There are others, I’m sure, but you can see that God sent many people to David to help him get his head straight about things.
Because those people were sent to advise, correct and rebuke David, he was either put back on the path of righteousness or was kept from straying from it. Some of those friends said some very encouraging things, others said some words that really stung. Regardless, David had people in his life who loved God and loved him enough to say what needed to be said.
Being told you are wonderful may be awesome, but it’s like a triple chocolate cake oozing with fudge. A few bites and you’re sick. You won’t be healthy for long if you eat that stuff.
I hope this helps. If you want to be a person like David, you have to surround yourself with friends like David had.
By the way, sorry for missing Wednesday’s article and being late on today’s. No excuses, just doing too much.