Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Proverbs 27:6

Jesus did not give relief to people who were under conviction. When Zacchaeus, in remorse for his sin, shared his generous plans for restitution, Jesus did not say, “Now Zacchaeus, the important thing is that you feel sorry for what you did.” Jesus brought no comfort to him as he dealt with his sin (Luke 19:1–10). Neither did Jesus excuse disbelief. We never find Jesus saying, “Well, that’s all right. I know I’m asking you to believe a lot, and that’s not easy.” On the contrary, Jesus was quick to chastise His disciples when they failed to believe Him. Jesus loved His friends too much to condone or comfort them in their sin.

It is possible to be too gentle with your friends. When a friend is under deep conviction by the Holy Spirit, do you try to make them feel good? Don’t ever try to ease the discomfort of someone whom the Holy Spirit is making uncomfortable! Be careful not to communicate to your friends that you find their lack of faith acceptable. You are not acting in true friendship if you condone disobedience or even if you look the other way. Kisses are far more pleasant than wounds, yet they can be even more devastating if they lull your friend into being comfortable with sin.

Being A Real Friend

In our attempt to make our friends feel better with our reluctance to share a word from God, we can actually cause them great harm. If we see our friends in danger and do not warn them, God will hold us accountable for our silence (Ezek. 33:6). Are you a friend of such integrity that you would risk wounding your friends in order to deter them from their sin? Would it not be better for them to tell them, “What you are doing is wrong?” So what if they will not listen, by sinning, they were already headed for the really hot place. Wouldn’t it be better to tell them the truth and, maybe, just maybe you can help to turn them around? Just a thought. Amen.

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