November 29, 2017


Proverbs 27:1–6

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  Do not boast about tomorrow,
    for you do not know what a day may bring.
  Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
    a stranger, and not your own lips.
  A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,
    but a fool's provocation is heavier than both.
  Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming,
    but who can stand before jealousy?
  Better is open rebuke
    than hidden love.
  Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
    profuse are the kisses of an enemy.


Key Verse | Proverbs 27:6

Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
(Proverbs 27:6) 

Central Truth

The people who love us and care about our well being will tell us what we need to hear, not what we want to hear. The world will try to trick you by telling you what you want to hear and lead you down the wrong path.

Devotional | Proverbs 27:1–6

In my smallgrouparesome of my closest friends.I've known themfrom the beginning of elementary school,andwe'vegrownboth spiritually and physically together. My small group has always been there for me,andI trust these...

In my small group are some of my closest friends. I've known them from the beginning of elementary school, and we've grown both spiritually and physically together. My small group has always been there for me, and I trust these guys with my life.

One reason that we are so close is because we help each other grow in our relationships with the Lord. If one of us is drifting away from our faith, we sometimes have to hurt them to set them back on the straight and narrow path. We know that those who are walking with Christ will tell their friends what they need to hear, even if it's painful. The world will tell their friends what they want to hear, which only brings regret and suffering. 

For example, I got caught up in the wrong crowd in school and started acting and talking differently. My friends in my small group noticed and warned me that the way I was living would only end in suffering and that I should find different friends. To me this sounded like terrible advice, and for a while I was even mad at some of the guys in my small group who were just trying to help.

The wrong crowd was pushing me to do things that my small group had warned me about. They kept telling me, "It's ok," and "no one is going to find out." That was the kisses from the enemy.

I came back to my small group, and they spoke truth to me. They made my see how I wasn't just hurting myself, but I was hurting my real friends. They told me what I needed to hear and were honest. It hurt a lot, but it was something I needed to experience in order to grow.

I have learned the truth of Psalm 32:10: "Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord." My real friends who trust in the Lord "wounded me." But they told me what I needed to hear, and it brought me out of the shadow of sin and sorrow I was living under.

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Bio | Logan Petty

My name is Logan Petty. I'm am number two in the birth order of four boys in my family. I play football and wrestle. I'm a member of Watermark's student ministry and am in a small group with some great guys. I also love to work with kids with disabilities because they have a special way of showing you what really matters in a person and have taught me a lot about myself.

Discussion Questions

1. What characteristics do we look for in our friends?

2. How do you respond when your friends "wound" you?

3. Do you talk and act differently around different groups of your friends or family?

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