Read: Proverbs 27
Key Verse: “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” - Proverbs 27:6
An enemy makes very destructive comments: you are worthless, you will never succeed, you are not talented, there is no hope for you, you are not smart, God is not real, God will not help you, the Bible is not reliable, you are all alone, no one cares about you, etc. Have you heard any of these statements? The other approach of an enemy is to bring flattery, be nice to you in person but slam you behind your back, and exaggerate compliments so you will falsely trust them. Be aware of both destructive approaches.
A true friend will be honest and supportive. There will be a combination of affirmations that are accurate and heartfelt and some comments which exhort you to grow. When a friend rebukes you, it does hurt initially, but ultimately it is a gift because it is spoken in love and helps you change. A coach challenges his player to go to the next level, a person guides their spouse towards a healthier way to handle stress, a friend does not let another friend isolate themselves and dwell on past mistakes-these are all gifts that can be trusted!
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