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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A sincere offer of friendship…

Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,
    and the pleasantness of a friend
    springs from their heartfelt advice.
Proverbs 27:9 (NIV)


Her soul loved mine enough to say something; I found that extraordinary.

I was on a rant. I don’t think I meant to be, but there are a few issues that really get me going. In the midst of my explaining the power of language and how it all matters, I said something careless and stupid. Right on the heels of my “if you love words you are responsible for their weight, blah, blah, blah…” and then I opened my yap.

Sometimes the very lesson you are intending
to teach is the one you most desperately need to learn. 
Her soul touched mine and convicted me in love.
I received her rebuke as a blessing. 
It didn’t happen immediately. We continued to talk, got to know one another, became really comfortable. We were leaving, looking forward to the next opportunity, and then there it was. She told me that words tossed off casually had offended.

She had the courage to be honest. She’d presented herself openly, candidly, beautifully. She took a chance, made a choice to be honest because she said she’d felt trust, and she convicted me on my careless speech. And though I am broken, her words did not crush me. Instead, they were a sincere offer of friendship which I humbly, gratefully, happily accepted.

God sent me a remarkable a new friend. Over iced tea, prayer and fellowship, amidst the building of a dream, her soul reached out to mine and convicted me in love. I received her rebuke as a blessing.  Proverbs 27:9 teaches us that the heartfelt advice of a friend is sweet perfume.  

 the wise and cordial counsel of a man's friend, rejoice his heart; he takes it well, he is highly delighted with it; he receives it kindly, and pursues it to advantage…


Sometimes the very lesson you are intending to teach is the one you most desperately need to learn. Thanks, Susan. Thank you, friend.




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