Wounds from a Friend

December 10th, 2016 / Posted from Our Daily Bread / Category: Daily Devotionals

Charles Lowery complained to his friend about lower back pain. He was seeking a sympathetic ear, but what he got was an honest assessment. His friend told him, “I don’t think your back pain is your problem; it’s your stomach. Your stomach is so big it’s pulling on your back.”

In his column for REV! Magazine, Charles shared that he resisted the temptation to be offended. He lost the weight and his back problem went away. Charles recognized that “Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted” (Prov. 27:5–6).

The trouble is that so often we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism, for truth hurts. It bruises our ego, makes us uncomfortable, and calls for change.

True friends don’t find pleasure in hurting us. Rather, they love us too much to deceive us. They are people who, with loving courage, point out what we may already know but find hard to truly accept and live by. They tell us not only what we like to hear but also what we need to hear.

Solomon honored such friendship with proverbs. Jesus went further—He endured the wounds of our rejection not only to tell us the truth about ourselves but to show us how much we are loved. 

Related Posts

On-Air Now

Next 3 Shows

Upcoming Events

  1. Community Lunch & Children’s’ Egg Hunt- Truth Community Church

    March 31 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  2. Community Easter Sunrise Service & Breakfast- Truth Community Church

    April 1 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
  3. Kenneth and Lynette Hagin Living Faith Crusade

    April 11 - April 13
  4. LeFevre Quartet Concert- Capital City Christian Church

    April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Blended & Blessed: Keys To Stepfamily Success

    April 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

From our Facebook Feed