“Wounds from a sincere friend, are better than many kisses from an enemy.” Proverbs 27:6
This is a tough verse to remember when feeling wounded by a friend. This specifically is pointed toward a friend who may be telling you a hurtful truth. A true friend, instead of helping you cover your sins and wrongdoing, will point it out and offer to help you overcome it. Many people wrongly consider their “real friends” as the ones who enable them to continue to sin and be comfortable in that sin.
Also, in our times, we have this “you can’t judge me attitude”. Anytime someone points out our flaws we make excuses and settle for a mentality that says “that’s just who I am”. Well that is not what the word of God says. We are to be transforming our lives, every day, to be more Christlike. A real friend will help in that, and ask you to help them. The friends who don’t do that, may in truth, be more of an enemy than friend.
Lastly, remember that if you are going to tell a friend something that may wound them, be sincere. I recommend praying about it, and for your friend before you go. Ask God to not let you speak from your emotions, and for His wisdom to speak through you. Often we feel we need to tell our friends certain “truths”, and we let our emotions get in the way of delivering a helpful message. You should be saying something to your friend to sincerely help them on their path with Christ. Make sure that is your reasoning for doing it.