Gal 4:16 - So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? NASU
In the book of Galatians Paul has told the truth to them (The truth is they were no longer bound by the Mosaic Law) and then he asks them this question. "So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?"
Who are your friends? They're the ones who will tell you the truth even when it is difficult.
I like the way it is stated in Proverbs 27:6 - Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
Your friend will tell you the truth. The friend that tells you the truth is the one you must never lose. A friend will punch you in the arm so hard it will turn black and blue, but your enemy, on the other hand, will give you a kiss. God says the punch on the arm is better for you than the kiss on the cheek.
Maybe these scriptures will be of some benefit to you today:
Prov. 16:28 - A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.
Who is the person around you who is always causing some type of drama or is trying to get you away from one of your longtime friends?
Prov. 17:9 - He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
What have you told a friend in private and asked him/her to keep it that way and you find out they repeated what you asked them to keep quiet. This is not your friend.
Prov. 19:4 - Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend.
One of the curses of being wealthy is it becomes a task to find out if a person wants to be your friend for who you are or for what you have?
Your best friends will always tell you the truth and these are the friends you can never afford to lose.
Think On These:
The Best Antique Is An Old Friend.
Blessed Are Our Friends For They Tell Us The Truth When Our Enemies Flatter Us.
A Valuable Friend Is One Who'll Tell You What You Should Be Told Even If It Momentarily Offends You.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.