Who Tells You The Truth?
‘Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.’ Proverbs 27:6 NLT
Ever wandered out of the bathroom with your fly open? It’s not that you can’t see it—it’s just you don’t see it. It’s a blind spot. When it comes to seeing ourselves clearly, we also have blind spots. And like needing a friend to whisper, ‘Dude, your fly’s open,’ we need people who love us, who’ll tell us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. It’s awkward to go up to a stranger and tell them to ‘zip up’ but a true friend will.
The writer of Proverbs tells us, ‘Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.’ The truth sometimes hurts. But you need to trust your close mates that they really have your best interests at heart. What they say might sting a bit but if you want to really know yourself and how you come across to others, you need to listen to the truth in their words. No one wants to be told their fly’s down, it’s a painful message but we need to hear it. If you start to find yourself resenting the input from your friends, remember these wise words from an ancient King: ‘Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.’ (Proverbs 12:15 NIV)
‘Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.’ (Proverbs 13:10 NIV) ‘Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed.’ (Proverbs 15:22 NIV) Your real friend will tell you the truth so don’t be afraid to ask them for an honest assessment.
SoulFood: Dan 3–4, Luke 3:21–38, Ps 84, Prov 2:16–19
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017