STOP AND THINK – It is the best and truest friend who honestly tells us the truth about ourselves even when he knows we shall not like it. (R. C. H. Lenski, German-American Lutheran scholar & author)

Not many people take criticism well. It hurts when someone points out our faults and mistakes. Often, it’s a close friend who lovingly corrects us. False friends are the ones who hide such truth from us and do so in order to remain in our favor. But a true friend tells us what we need to hear because it’s for our own good. Thank God for such good friends!

A friend loves at all times . . . there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother . . . Wounds from a friend can be trusted (Proverbs 17:17; 18:24; 27:6).