Proverbs 27: King James Bible
Wounds of a Friend – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty seven, Verse 6
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Wounds of a Friend
This is a verse that I’ve always read while continuing on. In other words, it’s one that seems to be easily understood enough to keep on trucking down the page, having grasped the meaning of this verse at a glance.
It’s easy to do this in the book of Proverbs because in certain places, each line covers a different subject matter. If I’ve learned anything at all while writing these devotionals, it’s that each line given to us is more than worthy of individual study.
There are places where a cluster of verses are required to complete the thought the Lord is trying to get across to us, but throughout most of Proverbs, it’s line by line. In this simple verse (simple in appearance anyways), we come to the topic of the faithfulness of the wounds of a friend.
The Lord has placed three different meanings for the verse above, yet being true. Before we tackle those three meanings, let’s quickly talk about the latter half of the verse, concerning the deceitful kisses of an enemy.
The latter half of the verse, is talking about those who are not friends at all, yet bring on the outward appearance of one. Someone who will set you up for a fall, while goading you along with all the appearances of a friend. It’s likely that we’ve all had these kinds of “friends.”
As always, it comes down to the heart. This is what the Lord is warning us about in the verse above. Those who come as wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing. There are so many different examples that we could extract from the movies. Betrayal is always the end result, being performed by these folks. This brings us to the first and probably most obvious meaning to the first half of the verse.
Wounds of a Friend – Faithful at Heart
Friends will cause us wounds, but not for the purpose of harming us. Nobody is perfect, and sometimes despite the best intentions, things are said or done that can cause wounds. Nobody is exactly the same, nor do people handle everything the same way. Sometimes we can be easily wounded by our friends and our friend might not ever have a clue.
We tend to keep some of these things to ourselves, because we understand that the intentions were not there to cause any wounds, they just happened. In this tense, the word faithful means that they are sure to come.
The wounds of a friend are faithful, in that sooner or later someone is going to say or do something that hurts our feelings (typically is the case) in a whole smorgasbord of different degrees. As children of the Lord, we need to know how to handle these kinds of things. The best method is by the fruit of the Spirit, particularly using “grace” mingled with understanding.
Wounds of a Friend – Just Cause
This is another tense of the scripture above. Again, we’re revolving around the word “faithful,” but through a different meaning than we did in the former rendering of the verse. Wounds of a friend through a just cause, could be summed up in a few different ways.
The first and best way I could sum up why a friend would have just cause to cause wounds, can be said in four words. FOR YOUR OWN GOOD. Sometimes a friend can see things in a different way than we can, and might have a better view than we, concerning an escape from trouble.
Having said that, interventions come to mind, things of that nature. They certainly cause wounds depending on what the situation is, but the friend will be unashamed by it, and will openly admit what they’re doing will hurt you a bit, but they don’t care. They know it is better than sitting around waiting for you to do yourself more harm than they ever could.
These kinds of wounds from a friend are faithful despite how you may feel about it at the time. They are caused out of them being a faithful friend. This is another distinction we can find between a real friend and one who is in appearance only.
A real friend will be willing to do what you may not like in order to be honest and faithful. Rather than a friend in name only, who typically does just the opposite if it’s more comfortable for them.
Wounds of a Friend – Those wounds are Faithful
There is a third way we can view this verse, leaning heavier on the spiritual aspect of it, while remembering the physical works that have transpired. These are not metaphorical or emotional wounds that come at us by a friend, but rather wounds that literally exist on a friend on our behalf.
There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother, and a friend that opted to not only suffer wounds, but gave his life in order for us to have life. That friend is Christ Jesus. Faithful are those wounds.
Some of us may be blessed enough to have a friend that would be willing to die for us so that we could carry on. I’d bet not many though. Those kinds of people are few, but even fewer would die for a stranger.
But the Lord Jesus died once for all, bearing the punishment of all of our sins upon himself, so that when the time comes, we may stand before the Father, and be found free from any sin that has not previously been paid for. The Lord did this for the sake of all men, not just Christians.
The difference is, we believe it, we’ve received it, and love the Lord for it. While others mock him to scorn, mock us to scorn, and choose falsities rather than the truth, and have a greater appreciation for the deceitful kiss of the enemy, rather than the boundless love of the Father.
Related New Testament Scripture
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Thank you for all of the treasure we can extract from your Word! How wonderful it is to receive your instruction and revelation. Help us through your Holy Ghost and discernment, to better judge between true friends and those who are out for themselves, and are taking advantage of us. Show us the best way to deal with these kinds of situations, and forgive them for whatever they’re doing, and lead them to repentance. Also Lord, stir these things up within us, so that we are not found as the enemy granting deceitful kisses to others. Help us to be as faithful as possible to you, our friends, family, and others, as you are faithful to us. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever suffered wounds of a friend and have been better for it after all was said and done?