The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs 27

Read Proverbs 27

6 Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.

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

10 Never abandon a friend- either yours or your father’s. When disaster strikes, you won’t have to ask your brother for assistance. It’s better to go to your neighbor than to a brother who lives far away.

17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

It is easy to look as these proverbs and question whether our friends are lining up. Tempting to call out where they are not fitting the bill. We want friends who value honesty, are there for us, and bring out the best in us.

The challenge is asking these questions of ourselves.
Am I willing to listen when my friend brings something to my attention- even when it is something that I would rather not hear (and vice versa)? Are my words and actions sincere? Am I quick to abandon? Do I bring out the best in my friends or only expect them to bring out the best in me? When I look at it this way, I can work on being a better, more authentic friend.

I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. – Plutarch

I don’t need to be a friend who changes when they change and nods when they nod; their shadows do that much better.

Lord, fill me with as much grace for my friends as I give myself.

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