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July 28, 2019

“Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses .… As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:6, 17
The staff at the Christian summer camp where I worked held regular meetings to discuss the needs of the day/week. We ended by each sharing a request, praise, or blessing. Once it was decided that we all would share one new way in which we had experienced God. I, however, had endured a particularly stressful and lackluster week. When my turn came, I described an “amazing sunset” from the previous day, proclaiming the beauty and glory of God. But I was lying since the clouds had blocked the sunset that day. Yet several people joined in on my lie, agreeing with how beautiful it was and saying they had “seen it too.” I felt like a superficial Christian at that moment. I wished someone would call me out. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we should be honest with and prepared to meet each other in the valleys and hilltops. We can gently rebuke each other. The Christian walk is not easy for any of us. It often holds dark and difficult paths. God has promised to see us through and encourage us by using those among us.



Scripture Focus

1 Thessalonians 5

Insight

When you ask a friend how he or she is doing, ask in earnest, not in passing. Ask the same question sincerely to the friendless.

Bible In A Year

  • Ezra 3-4
  • Psalm 27
  • Mark 6