Pastor Pauline and her Church Treasurer approached me at the morning break during the North Carolina conference. I could easily discern their anger and their concern. Pastor looked at me with steely eyes and began her diatribe. “You are trying to scare us. Had I known you were going to use fear tactics I would not have registered for this class.” My response was simple. I told her to go to Galatians 4:16 during the break and read the words of the Apostle Paul. For those of you who have no clue as to what is written in Galatians 4:16, Paul simply stated, “Have I become your enemy because I tell you the truth?
If you knew the bridge was washed out and a good friend was scheduled to encounter the washed out bridge would you use whatever means necessary to get them to postpone their trip or at the least, take another route?
A TV commercial several years ago used the theme, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” But, has anyone tried to stop an intoxicated friend from driving? Often it will destroy the relationship.
When you have someone telling you the truth at the price of the friendship, those are the very people to whom you should connect. Most people want those in their circle who will tell them what they want to hear—not what they need to hear. However, if the Bible is real, and I believe it is, then we should value the words of Solomon:
An open rebuke is better than hidden love! 6 Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. (Pro. 27:5-6 NLT)