STOP AND THINK – It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. (Henry Ward Beecher, 19th century clergyman)

Have you ever faced that dilemma, whether to talk to a friend about his problem? If you’re concerned about damaging that relationship, consider the further word of Beecher, “To love a man so much that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship” (slightly paraphrased).

Wounds from a friend can be trusted (Proverbs 27:6). If someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently (Galatians 6:1).