20 NOV

2012

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

BE WISE (1)

Proverbs 27:23

‘…Know the state of your flocks...’      Proverbs 27:23 NKJV
 
Friendships can be tricky affairs. If only there were a set of guidelines we could follow, some sage advice that we could test certain friends by... What’s that? The Bible called? It wants its reading space back?
 
Proverbs 27 is a long list of bitesize nuggets, each a helpful test or nudge towards the best relationships possible. “Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.” (Proverbs 27:6, NLT) A telling trust-tip, there. “...When disaster strikes, you won’t have to ask your brother for assistance.” (v10, NLT) True friendship means you don’t even have to ask – nice.
 
But what about when things turn sour? Jeremiah was a guy who was dismayed at how his people treated each another. He went as far as saying ‘Beware of your friends; do not trust anyone in your clan. For every one of them is a deceiver and every friend a slanderer. Friend deceives friend and no one speaks the truth.’ (Jeremiah 9:4-5 NIV). Not feeling the love, eh? Isaiah’s not much chirpier: ‘Don't put your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. What good are they?’ (Isaiah 2:22 NLT)
 
Hold off on that mass-text dumping all of your friends, we’re not saying you should go that far, but today we’re saying it’s good to be wise with your relationships. Well heck, God’s saying it in Proverbs 27, and we’re strongly agreeing. Sometimes it’s no bad thing to remember that God’s the only one we can 100% rely on; and that actually, living that out is likely to improve your friendships rather than weaken them!
 
What now?
 
Colossians 3:12-14 is a good self-check for how you relate to others, and Proverbs 27 is overflowing with golden advice for checking those around you. Give them both a read, and let us know your thoughts on facebook!

Is 45-48, John 12:12-19, Ps 102:1-11, Pr 27:7-9

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