Proverbs 27: 17
As Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Sometimes in the course of friendships...it's necessary to talk... honestly discuss...
situations or problems with someone who will tell us the truth... in love.
Do you have a friend like that?
Well I do.
And just recently...I was sharpened...
At first...I waited. No I was put off. OK...it was from a friend of gold.
Someone I've know for so long, decades now, that I know malice wasn't coming from her lips.
"He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor
than he who has a flattering tongue." Proverbs 28:23
This person doesn't speak to me in malice. We joke, we play around, but malice isn't an issue.
So I know there had to be some truth in what was said.
I processed it.
I accepted it.
And am now living it.
As simple as that.
But that isn't always the case.
Sometimes, I and you might be this way as well...we don't accept correction from others, from friends, because of
p r i d e...
Yep...good ole' pride.
And no one really wants to be the bearer of bad news.
We want everything to be happy...all the time.
Folks that is trap of the enemy...pure and simple.
Sometimes in the course any relationships we have to do some hard work...with those we love those we have to speak to...
about their situation...
sometimes about OUR situation...
Sometimes confrontation is in order. (I'm like the biggest baby when it comes to this...)
What if Jesus didn't confront the woman at the well? What if he hadn't exposed her adultery to her. She knew she was living in sin...but she had lived with it so long...it didn't bother her.
He did it without malice, without little barbs, without snipes...
just an honest answer in love.
Sometimes when we build up others in the kingdom...remember "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace." Colossians 3:15
Ideally, in a congregation of Christians, we are all teachers, we are all learners. Each of us has something to learn and each of us has something to share. I'm not talking about sharing with acquaintances ... because usually that's done with malice...I'm talking about honest talk among good friends...the kind you call just to talk...just to hang with...
(hanging in a bible study or on the same pew doesn't count...and if someone comes to tell you something and you aren't close...
If you have something God wants you to share... just remember...
"whatever you do, whether in word of deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17