STOP AND THINK – Never explain—your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. (Elbert Hubbard, 19th-20th century American writer and philosopher)

Katherine Mansfield wrote, “I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.” There are undoubtedly times when a person does need to offer an explanation, but often it should be unnecessary. Your friends trust you, and you don’t need to explain your actions or motives; they’ll always trust your word.

Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice (Proverbs 27:9). A friend loves at all times (Proverbs 17:17).