Sweet Counsel

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Daily Reading: Ezekiel 16:42-17:24, Hebrews 8:1-13, Psalm 106:13-31, Proverbs 27:7-9

Daily Verse: “Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.” Prov. 27:9

Sweet counsel.

Close friends who give wise counsel bring a beautiful aroma to life like oil and perfume. Knowing someone speaks to you with a heart of love and wants the best for you helps to hear what they say, even if it’s not what you hoped.

Only a handful of people give me this type of counsel. Most people say what they think I want to hear or use flattery to try and win my graces. You don’t need an army of people giving advice; you need a few trusted friends who won’t steer you wrong.

Tomorrow, I’m having lunch with one of my wise counselors. I can’t wait to see her, catch up on life, and listen to her input. The epitome of sweetness, our time together always encourages and uplifts me.

Develop deep relationships with others. Lead with love, honesty, and grace. Become vulnerable and watch how others share with you.

Enjoy the sweetness of good counsel as you build friendships that will last a lifetime.

Lord, forgive us for taking friendships for granted. Please help us develop healthy relationships that bring sweet counsel into our lives. Let us enjoy the benefits of community as we follow You.  IJNIP. Amen

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