When I had a good friend tell me I was doing something wrong, it was hard to take, but I knew he was trying to help me be a better person. I trusted his criticism because I trusted his love. 

I would be so much less if I didn’t have friends like him. I have come to realize that the best friends are the ones who aren’t afraid to tell me the truth, even when it’s painful! The Bible says: “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”  (Proverbs 27: 17) 

A loving friend will not tell us what we want to hear; rather, they will tell us what we need to hear.

Being a true friend requires courage and sacrifice because criticizing may cause friction in the friendship. However, doing it in love definitely minimizes the potential for angst. Love is humble and kind; and, correcting someone doesn’t mean we have to be harsh. The most effective critics are those who are also very generous with their compliments. We should give criticism with the same generous love that we wish to receive it.

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