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FEBRUARY 21 DEVOTION

Thursday, February 21, 2013

WELL MEANT ARE THE WOUNDS A FRIEND INFLICTS. PROVERBS 27:6

LORD, HELP ME TO BE WILLING TO RECEIVE CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM FROM FRIENDS WHOM I KNOW ARE LOOKING OUT FOR MY BEST INTEREST. EVEN WHEN I FEEL PROTESTS RISING UP INSIDE OF ME, HELP ME TO HEAR THEM OUT AND TO RECEIVE THEIR WORKS WITH GRACE, GIVING CAREFUL CONSIDERATION TO WHAT HAS BEEN SAID BEFORE RESPONDING. IF THEY HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD ME IN SOME WAY, HELP ME NOT TO TAKE OFFENSE. IF WE SIMPLY CANNOT AGREE, PRESERVE OUR FRIENDSHIP WITH THE LOVE YOU HAVE GIVEN US FOR EACH OTHER.

A TRUE FRIEND LOVES YOU ENOUGH TO SUPPORT YOU AND TO CONFRONT YOU.
--ANONYMOUS
BLESSINGS,
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  • TEALHAWK
    Thank you
    1310 days ago
  • LUANN7
    I AGREE WITH YOU AND ITS BETTER TO TAKE THE CRITICISM AND NOT MISUNDERSTAND!!! FRIENDS ARE PRECIOUS-THANK YOU FOR BEING MINE.
    1312 days ago
  • WALLAHALLA
    Well said.
    1312 days ago
  • ROZEEROZ1
    How true. Thanks for sharing.
    1312 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    That's so true!!! emoticon emoticon
    1312 days ago
  • TATTER3
    Love this...might be your personal ministry to keep posting these! Blessings!!!
    1312 days ago
  • AVANELL
    Love covers a multitude of sins! May our words always be with grace for grace is always greater than all our sins.
    1312 days ago
  • LOOKINGUP2012
    Amen. I endeavor to receive wounds as coming from Christ himself and remember our afflictions are very light indeed.
    1312 days ago
  • TEALHAWK
    Thank you for blogging friend!
    1312 days ago
  • 63KEEPONGOING
    This is beautiful and so important. Thank you for blogging,my friend.
    1312 days ago
  • SENATOR9
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    1312 days ago
  • SANDRALEET
    Better to ask whot is wrong What do you want to change and how do you want to do that .We have to salve our own problems I had a friend who had the same problem for years We have to make the changes our way.
    1313 days ago
  • RSSSLHB
    emoticon emoticon for posting
    1313 days ago
  • JOANIE69
    Yes, I agree. It is hard to be misunderstood, especially from those we dearly love. I thank God He gives us grace to remain calm and patiently explain our position/what we meant (for example), until the rift is smoothed. When this is not possible, I revert to the Bible verse teaching that we "live as peaceably as we can" with all men. Then to pray and to leave it in God's hands is all I can do. There are times when I am/was in the wrong and my motives are/were unkind too, and that is hardest of all...to say I was wrong and I am sorry. God alone can give grace for this as well. Where would we be...what manner of persons would we be...if God did not enable us to forgive and forget, and to ask forgiveness? I pray that God will not allow my heart to harden.

    Thank you Joanie...a needful lesson indeed. Joanie
    1313 days ago
  • CANADIANGIRL15
    A good lesson for me! I don't accept constructive criticism well and am easily offended... something I have to work on.
    1313 days ago
  • EDITOR
    A divine lesson we all need at times. Lord, indeed, cause us to understand and forgive when we are misunderstood. Amen
    1313 days ago
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