Together in Christ: 'The Counsel of a Friend' — Proverbs 27:9

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.

— Proverbs 27:9 NLT

Key Thought

Some people are know-it-alls who constantly give their advice to others. Our proverb today is not praising that kind of person. Heartfelt counsel comes from a listening ear and a heart full of empathy. Such a person is "quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry." [1] They are the type of person who joins their heart with another as they weave their friendship together with the Lord as their third strand in a strong cord of love and grace. [2] To be qualified to offer this "heartfelt counsel," a friend needs to have demonstrated they are there for the other person regardless of the difficulties life brings. [3] When we are this kind friend, we can bring a precious gift to them with our words that bring them life — words that are "as sweet as perfume and incense." [4]

[1] James 1:19.
[2] Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.
[3] Proverbs 18:24; Galatians 6:2-3.
[4] Proverbs 10:11, 15:4.

Today's Prayer

My Father and God, please mold me to be like Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit so my words will bring life to those I love. Dear Jesus, help me more like you as I seek to listen fully to others and then speak your love and grace into their lives and encourage them in their walk with you. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Job 4:3-4, 16:2-6
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 5:11; Romans 12:8

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Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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