10/25/2010

Wounding Kisses, Friendly Wounds (Prov. 27:5,6,9)

Frankness between Friends. Prov. 27:5,6 say, "Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy." A true friend risks even his friend's wrath and anger by speaking the truth for his good that he may not wish to hear.

True Friends Improve Each Other. Prov. 27:17 says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." God meant for no man to be an island. A man's advance and progress is best through the influence of a good man, a mentor.

True Testing. Prov. 27:21 "The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but man is tested by the praise he receives." Many a man is strengthened by adversity, while the true measure of a man is exposed in the day of success and praise.



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