Devotions By Jan

Bandages

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bandaid20120731_090918-630x472Scripture for Today: Proverbs 27:6 “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

Our little grandsons have it good!  There is quite an array of bandages on the market with fun designs and cartoon characters.  Surely, these bandages help make the “owie” feel so much better.  But the kids do not have all the fun.  There are a number of choices for adults too!  Drawing attention to the wound with something colorful can also encourage comments and words of sympathy!

Today’s verse talks about wounds that are inflicted by friends.  It stands to reason that if someone is allowed in close, there is is potential for hurt.  Opening oneself up to others can be risky as this makes a person vulnerable to insult, criticism, or misunderstanding.  The wounds of a friend are usually more important and deeper than those of strangers.  But if one is truly a friend, than that hurt is either unintentional or done with a good intention.

If I care enough about a friend, then I will be faithful to want the best for that individual.  True friends will tell each other the truth.  But as Eph. 4:15 says, I am to speak that truth in love.  Whatever communication comes out of my mouth is to build up the other person (Eph. 4:29).  Even so, the truth can hurt.  A wound is still a wound even when inflicted with the best intentions.  I am thankful for a husband that lets me know when I am out of line.  I am thankful for friends who are courageous and faithful enough to call me out when I need it!

Lord, may I be a faithful friend, and quick to bandage with gentleness and love any hurt I may cause.

 

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