Read Proverbs 27:5-17.
It was unconditional love whereby He committed Himself unto them. That means we must accept all faults and failures of our friends.
POINT # I WAS “THIS KIND IS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE”
A. This kind commands commitment.
B. This kind commands confrontation.
Proverbs 27:5, “Open rebuke is better than secret love.” “A friend is one who warns you.” Old Jewish proverb.
Some people make enemies instead of friends because it is less trouble. E.C. McKenzie.
This is a friendship that cares enough to confront and is willing to correct a brother who has fallen by the wayside. Your concern is strong enough to want to help.
Don’t broadcast all your faults but learn to keep them to yourself. Use some discretion, because you don’t have to tell all your sin.
Proverbs 17:9, “He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.”
Proverbs 16:28, “A froward man soweth strife:and a whisperer separateth chief friends.”
A true friend will confront you in a loving way in the right spirit. Sometimes we need to be “faithfully wounded.”
A devoted friend will confront you to your face and if he is not sincere; it will soon show. The Holy Spirit will bear witness.
C. A true friend commits and confronts.