Zechariah 13:6 NIV
If someone asks him, ‘What are these wounds on your body?’ he will answer, ‘The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.’
The wounds, or injuries, spoken of here are from the person’s parents. Because they were prophesying falsely, or saying that God was telling them things that are bad when He really wasn’t. And so when they lie about what God says, their friends would stab them, to make them stop. This didn’t make them enemies, but showed that they are friends.
Sometimes the people who love us hurt us. Not like beating us. But showing us the truth even when it hurts. And stopping us from sinning. When you are doing something wrong, it hurts to have to admit it. And sometimes we are injured by the truth about our sin. But these kinds of wounds bring healing and keep us on the right path.
False friends tell us what we want to hear. They tell us that our sins are no big deal, and they avoid conflict in favor of evil.
Real friends tell us when we are being stupid. Real friends call us out when we sin. True friends turn us to God no matter what sort of embarrasment or temporary pain it might bring. Because true friends have the bigger picture in mind.
LORD, may I always receive injury from friends with love and grace. May you surround me with true friends who will speak truth, even when it hurts. Because that little pain is better than the pain of what my sins would bring me. Thank you Lord for loving me. Amen.