Faithful are the wounds of a friend
When they’re sincere in their correction…
Done in love with a caring and gentle spirit
In a humble conversation.
These are certainly wounds that heal
Because although we prefer not to hear,
It’s what we need to know and acknowledge
When our friends are loving and sincere.
All of us have flaws and weaknesses
Blind spots and challenged with sins,
But when the people we trust are open and honest
It transforms our soul within.
Because when we care we are honest
But not done with criticism,
Since the end goal is to promote healing
And never for gossip or schisms.
But we cannot reprove a scoffer
Since they will mock and dismiss everything;
Reject our message of integrity
Along with the healing it so brings.
Spouses challenge each other
Hopefully with love and respect,
Because when iron sharpens iron
Although it’s painful it’s for our best.
Parents correct their children
So they’re guided through instruction;
With a genuine love that cares indeed
To prevent their future destruction.
If we neglect to be challenged
We can be in trouble indeed,
Particularly when the kisses of an enemy
Our false perceptions they feed.
Faithful wounds are necessary
But they’re for our very best interests;
To help us grow in maturity and faith
Rather than cause a hindrance.
God wants to set us free
And He gives us faithful friends,
Who will lovingly challenge us in a caring way
To eliminate every false thing and pretence.
Faithful wounds are like kisses
Because they’re genuinely created with love;
To restore, refresh and provide a new start
When they’re gentle as a dove.
(C) P.B. 2020
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Proverbs 27:6
“Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed.” Proverbs 27:5
“The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise. He who disdains instruction despises his own soul.” Proverbs 15:31-32
“He who rebukes a man will find more favour afterward than he who flatters with the tongue.” Proverbs 28:23
“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17
“He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, and he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you.” Proverbs 9:7-8