Somewhere I picked up the idea that the Bible says, “You can learn more from your critics than your friends.”
Seemed to make so much sense that enemies are more likely than our friends to point out our faults, mistakes and blind sides.
But I’ve just spent some time trying unsuccessfully to find “what I thought was there” in Solomon’s collection of wise sayings.
What I found instead is, “Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” (Prov 27:5-6).
So now I’m wondering whether I can find words in the Bible that are equivalent to: “You can tell a friend by the tear in their eye– as they lovingly, courageously, and gently do a “Nathan” on you.”