Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Those who love you will hold you accountable not bearing judgment, but loving you enough to confront your mistakes, but some have alternative motives and will betray you with a kiss. Jesus loved the disciples to confront them and tell them their errors; especially Peter Mark 8:33 – But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men. Imagine how Peter felt when Jesus rebuked him? It probably was uncomfortable, it probably hurt a little, but it was constructive and it was out of love. Peter turned out to be one of the most anointed men of God despite all he had done wrong. Jesus was rebuking him in love all the while pruning him for His works.
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
Galatians 6:1 NIV
Lord let us welcome accountability into our lives and be accountability for our friends and church family. Only you can show us how to do this in love we pray in Jesus name Amen.
Blog credit goes to our monthly Contributor Justin Edwards.