Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Open Rebuke is Better

Proverbs 27:5 says it.  Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

Genuine love tells the truth, even when it means you must rebuke the one you love.  Hiding your love by being non-communicative is useless- you MUST communicate love to your spouse in ways he or she understands.

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; 
Profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

The Collect:

God of Truth,
             Who sees all men's hearts
       and Who wounds with a purpose,
Help us to love genuinely
             to rebuke openly
             to wound faithfully
So that as iron sharpens iron,
          We sharpen the ones we're closest to, and
          We learn to walk circumspectly in this corrupt world.
In Jesus' name, Amen.

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