Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. (Proverbs 27:6, ESV)
I will never forget the rebuke I got from a friend when I was 17. He caught me laughing at an indecent cartoon. He said he admired my Christian character and was surprised that I would laugh at something sinful and so degrading. I felt a wave of shame and embarrassment roll over me. It’s not pleasant to be rebuked or to rebuke someone, but it is necessary for all of us to stay true to the way of God. If you must rebuke someone, do it gently. If you are rebuked, avoid an angry response. We all need a reminder now and then.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for placing people around me to guide me.