TUESDAY, JUNE 5
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy…”
Proverbs 27:6 ESV
WONDER: KINDNESS IS BEING REAL
Most of us can sympathize with the fellow who received a call from his wife just as she was about to fly home from Europe. “How’s my cat?”, she asked. “Dead.” “Oh, honey, don’t be so honest. Why didn’t you break the news to me slowly? You’ve ruined my trip.” “What do you mean?”he asked. “You could have told me he was on the roof. And when I called you from Paris, you could have told me he was acting sluggish. Then when I called from London, you could have said he was sick, and when I called you from New York, you could have said he was at the vet. Then, when I arrived home, you could have said he was dead.” The husband had never been exposed to such protocol but was willing to learn. “OK,” he said. “I’ll do better next time.” “By the way,” she asked, “how’s mom?” There was a long silence, then he replied, “Uh, she’s on the roof.” Telling the truth can sometimes be uncomfortable!
Obviously, this is not the way any of us would want to get bad news but it does highlight the fact that there are times when hearing the truth may be painful. Proverbs 27:6 reminds us that sometimes our friends tell us things that are hard to hear because they love us and sometimes our enemies act like everything is okay but ultimately want to wound us.
In the movie “Wonder,” there were several hard conversations the family had to have to work through struggles. They had those conversations because they loved each other. Can you think of any difficult but necessary conversations someone has tried to have with you recently but you resisted? If we are going to be kind, it also means we have to be real and be open to others being real with us. If there is a tough conversation you believe God is leading you to have, ask Him to give you a heart of love and compassion before you have that conversation. Also, thank God for the people in your life who love you enough to have tough conversations with you.