In this wisdom moment John shares wisdom about how pain can serve a purpose in our lives.
“Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” Proverbs 27:6
Normally when we think about a wound, we see it as something that is painful and that it is a negative thing. We may think that pain and hurt should not be associated with our friends. Often we will experience pain and discomfort in our inner self that is important because it will help us grow in our relationship with God and others. Unfortunately, we try to guard ourselves instinctively from pain which when you do that, but it is something that you need to deal with it will stop you from growing spiritually.
John gives an example of a splinter. When you have a splinter, you know that you must get it out otherwise you may get an infection. It is worth the temporary pain as you dig the splinter out than to leave it as it is.
What is a friend? A friend is someone who looks out for your best interest and has your back according to what is right, based on God’s Word. It is someone who will draw you closer to God; encourage you in the Lord. Challenge you in your relationship with God! Therefore, a friend like this can be entrusted to inflict wounds. These wounds are not to damage or hurt us but to cause us to draw closer to God and be healed by Him!
What is an enemy? Anything or anyone getting in between God and His people. An enemy contradicts the Word of God because of this, why do we tolerate an enemy that is around us? Is it because they satisfy our flesh? An enemy of God should never be close enough to kiss us.
Let us choose today to allow the “splinters” in our life to be removed so that we can be closer to God and our family. We want to hear from you! You can write to us at [email protected]. John, Pat, and Chris shared in this segment.
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