In his column for REV Magazine, Charles Lowery writes about a friend that loved him enough to tell him the truth. After complaining about some lower back pain, his friend said to him, “your back isn’t your problem, Charles, it’s your stomach. Your stomach is so big it’s pulling on your back.” Charles resisted the temptation to be offended and realized his friend was right. He lost the weight and his “back” problem went away. Charles commented on the incident by saying, “A friend will see through you…and also see you through.”

—REV, May/June 2003

Proverbs 27:6 NLT “Wounds from a friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.”

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