Friend or Foe
Proverbs 27:6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
Keith Simon has a fine post about biblical friendship. Heres an excerpt:
According to this verse we often get our friends and enemies confused. Sounds weird doesn’t it? Who would be dumb enough to think that their friend is an enemy and their enemy a friend? Well I guess most (or all) of us at one time or another.
According to the book of Proverbs, a true friend will occasionally wound you. Now think about that for just a moment. A wound hurts. It isn’t pleasant. It might take some time to recover from. No one wakes up in the morning and says, “I sure hope that I get wounded today!”
No, we usually wake up hoping that the day goes “our way” which means comfortable, easy, and hassle free. Wounds don’t fit into that picture but kisses sure do.
We love it when people “kiss” us by affirming us and telling us what we want to hear. “You were right to get angry.” “You didn’t deserve to be treated that way.” “You need to look out for yourself.”
But the Bible says that just like wolves can appear in sheep’s clothing so our enemies often dress up like friends and the costume they wear is many “kisses.”