The wounds of a friend

“Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” (Proverbs 27:5-6)

It may seem paradoxical to the natural mind that a friend could wound us and still be our friend, yet Jesus is our greatest friend (or He is our greatest enemy), and, as our greatest friend, the wounds He inflicts are “faithful wounds”, as per the text, “faithful are the wounds of a friend”, His dealings with us are utterly faithful in their thoroughness, for there is none as faithful as He…

… For …

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Revelation 3:19)

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