Together in Christ: 'Needed Wounds from a Sincere Friend' — Proverbs 27:5-6

Sunday, February 18, 2024

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An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.

— Proverbs 27:5-6 NLT

Key Thought

As we journey through this series of daily Scriptures and thoughts on relationships, we will come back to today's theme again and again. We all need close, spiritual, loving friends who tell us the truth. While the truth is sometimes painful, we can't strengthen our walk with God or correct our missteps in our discipleship, or confess our sins to another person, without these kinds of friends. We also need close, trusted friends to "confess our sins to each other and pray for each other." [1] Iron sharpens iron, so we need strong and trustworthy friends. [2] We all stumble and fall, so we need loving friends to help us stand back up and get back on our journey. [3] And yes, there will be times when we are wrong, rude, insensitive, hurtful, selfish, sinful, or arrogant. In those moments, we don't need the fawning admiration of fake friends but the strong word of correction of faithful friends. [4] An enemy is happy for us to have our moment in the sun if that moment is leading us toward disaster. A true friend tells us the truth about life, ourselves, and our flaws. We need such friends because "Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy!" Let's not flinch or turn away from correction or rebuke when it comes from godly mentors, parents, and friends. [5] True friends offer godly correction to save us from disasters, and often those disasters are of our own making!

[1] James 5:16.
[2] Proverbs 27:17.
[3] Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Galatians 6:1-2.
[4] 2 Timothy 4:2; Hebrews 12:4-5.
[5] Proverbs 1:8, 6:20, 3:11-12, 17:10; Ephesians 6:4; 2 Timothy 2:1-2, 4:2.

Today's Prayer

Loving Father, please bring good and faithful people into my life to mold, correct, rebuke, encourage, instruct, and guide me in Your ways. I want my life to honor You and point others to Jesus. O, Father, I need the help of the Holy Spirit to be able to bear with correction patiently and humbly so that I can make it a blessing instead of resisting it because of my defensiveness or arrogance. Please forgive me and mold me in Your ways. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Proverbs 31:1-31
  • 2 Timothy 4:1-22


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Illustration of Proverbs 27:5-6 NLT — An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.

About This Devotional

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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.