I want to add another thought to my last post. Proverbs 27: 6 says something very interesting, very wise, but very counter to how we like to think. It says,“Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” In other words, an enemy will tell us what we want to hear, but a loyal friend will tell us what we need to hear.
Let’s be honest. Don’t we usually view complaints leveled against us as irritations that say so much more about the person presenting the complaint than it does about us? Don’t we tend to think, “Your complaint has nothing to do with love for me, and everything to do with you being a whiner (or some other accusation against the complainer that gives me permission to ignore their complaint)”? But the truth is, those who are most loyal to us will tell us the truth about ourselves because they want us to be whole. God corrects the people He loves, by “wounding” them with trustworthy complaints about the condition of their lives. This isn’t all that He does, but it’s how He begins His restoration. Stay tuned . . .