Friend or Enemy?
There are many ways a friend can hurt us simply because they are a friend. Sometimes it is out of carelessness and the brokenness of our friends that they hurt us, or we hurt them. But, in the best friendships, friends are willing to be honest with one another in order to keep all things in the light.
Either because true friends can overcome conflict with godly and honest relating, or because the wounds themselves can come from even the gentlest truth that needs to be stated, one should not fear conflict with godly friends.
An enemy is one who is not for you. He or she has set itself against you. Don’t let yourself be the one who hates. But even if you guard yourself against hatred, you sometimes can do nothing about the fact that someone else has set themselves against you. In fact, Jesus promised that if we identify with him, some will hate us. It probably goes that you should wonder if you are following Christ if you do not have enemies.
Beware of the person who is overly nice; they may be seething on the inside and will one day unleash a pent-up hatred. Beware of the flatterer who “multiplies kisses;” they may be maneuvering for a manipulation.
Heavenly Father, we pray for the authentic community, the wise community, relationships, friendships that is being described here in Proverbs 27:6. God, help us to be faithful friends to one another, including carefully wounding one another for one another’s good and ultimately for your glory, we ask this in Jesus name we pray. Amen.
We are a growing group of people praying daily for and with others. We were led to start an online ministry to deliver what is needed more now than ever, a place where you can go to easily to submit a prayer request or requests involving others to pray for your needs. The Power of Prayer. Matthew 18:20- For where two or more come together in my name, there I am among them. You are never alone in prayer. The Power Of Numbers Praying.
We ask you to pray for this ministry, for its success in helping others in need of prayer.
2 Corinthians 2:17
"Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God."