Wounds from a friend can be trusted (Proverbs 27:6)
What does this mean to us? To me, it means that we need to learn to take criticism from friends and loved ones. God has tried to put people in our lives who can love us, love us completely, and love us as Christians, and who can help to correct us if we go off the path we are meant to be following.
If a friend comes to you and says something that feels like a wound, should we cut them out of our lives? Should we turn away in shame and fear that their criticism is correct? Or should we realize that this friend, or family member, or church member, may have our best interest at heart?
I’m not saying every criticism from someone we consider a friend, or every insult or wrong thing said, is something to be taken to heart. The best of us have some really bad moments and say things that might hurt others, for reasons other than love or their growth. But if we can remember this verse, we can maybe stay calm enough to stop and think about what has been said.
With God’s help we can take criticism well enough to use it for our own growth. We can take the time to examine not only the conversation but the friendship and hopefully be understanding if someone wounds us with good intentions.
Lord, I love that You have placed Godly friends and family in my circle here on earth to help me grow in Christ. I know that You have made it so that we can use Your Word as our guideline and instruction manual in tough situations and when we may be hurting. I am so thankful for this, and that I can trust that You will help me discern when someone is speaking from a Christian heart, and an intention of helpfulness, rather than seeking to hurt.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.