Proverbs 27:5-6
Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
A wounds of a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

I hope ive been the type of person that allowed my friends the right to wound me… Im only making this connection as i write – but without trust, our friends can not honestly look into our lives and say and do the thigns that will ultimately do us good.

without trust, our friends can not wound us.

for the longest time, i lived in a world where i trusted almost no one.

and consequently, ive made decisions over the past 2 years that im not proud of. decisions that impacted me as a person. and quite possibly, my future. ive made decisions i will forever have to live with.

there was no one speaking into my life, no one with the authority, the place the trust, to wound me when i needed to be wounded.

and although i can point the finger at many people i feel dropped the ball, ultimately, it is solely my fault.

so now i stand before you…. not sure if ive wounded friends i care about deeply. certain however, that if i have – that the wounds were not out of love, but out of a betrayl of the trust they placed in me.

and not just a trust between 2 friends… but a sacred, holy trust that was established long before my walk in this earth.

when trust is betrayed, the next step may not be love… it may, in all honesty, be rebuke.

once that line is crossed, once that trust is betrayed…. the wounds are no longer trustworthy. they are destructive.