A long time ago I wrote about how God spoke to me with a random Bible verse generator. So today I wanted to link up with Into the Word Wednesday but I just hadn't really read a verse I wanted to write about... So I decided to go to the Bible verse generator and prayed, "God give me a verse to write about."
This is what I got:
"Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
profuse are the kisses of an enemy." -Proverbs 27:5-7
Why wow? Because this is what is going on in my life right now. I feel very wounded by several people. And God's been whispering to me about it. There's a lot of harsh stuff flying around... and honestly, I'm raw and Ryan's been touching on raw spots. And I've been over reacting to it. I know Ryan is coming from a place a love (his timing is just awful though.)
Also, just in general, I suck at taking rebuke from almost anyone. I am often defensive (usually without realizing it.) I know defensiveness is wrong ("He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, He did not open His mouth." Isaiah 53:7) and honestly I'm not even aware a lot of time.
This verse is telling me to a) endure and b) pray to God about some of the wounds I'm not sure about. Because not every wound is from a friend... but even then, I need to pray for my enemies.
So this is the verse I'm meditating on... any of you have something to share from the Lord?