As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend (Prov 27:17). I so appreciate in my life truth-tellers who will tell me straight to my face what I need to hear, not just what I want to hear. They will speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15), just like it is, whether in rebuke, exhortation,, or revelation of a painful truth. It’s easier to listen to a trusted friend but God will use different people to open our eyes… not only our childhood best friends but even “enemies” and acquaintances.. We need to pray for humility, an open heart, and discernment to see what is from God (which we ought to take to heart) and what isn’t (which we ought to discard). If we can become better, then even criticism works out for our good.
May we not seek friends for how much they can tickle our ears to make us feel good but keep us in disobedience and away from God’s blessing. 2 Tim 4: 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear (2Tim 4:3). May we seek friends who love us enough to risk our disliking them so that unto God, they can speak the truth in love to us for our own good.
SONG: VOICE OF TRUTH (Casting Crowns)