Friends and others
Proverbs 27:6 (NKJV)
Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
One of two things is true about the person who has never received guidance from another person, either that person is perfect and has never needed guiding or correcting, or that person does not have anyone in their life willing to risk the possibility of a negative response from the person doing the correcting. Since we know there are no perfect people, guess which one is true?
The book of proverbs says, in more ways than one that we are fortunate if we have a friend who loves us enough to guide and correct us. No-one would allow another person to unknowingly make a serious mistake, like taking a wrong turn on a long car trip. Yet how often do we fail to give guidance to others when they are threatening to derail their spiritual journeys? or worse still other peoples spiritual journeys? When we need guidance, we should ask someone who has been where we are, or has a deeper knowledge of God and His word. We should receive it gently, humbly, and with love. Guidance, especially unsolicited guidance should be given with the same characteristics.
Do you need guidance or know someone who does? God gives “parts” to the body of Christ so the whole may be healthier. Don’t fail to do your part when it comes to guidance, whether giving or receiving.
I really want to encourage you to be diligent with your Bible study time, because God has so much more for us than we can get from just going to church once or twice a week and hearing someone else talk about the Word. When you spend time with God, your life will change in amazing ways, because God is a Redeemer. There’s nothing that’s too hard for Him, and He can make you whole, spirit, soul and body!
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