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Mo Moment by Monica Wood

Proverbs 19:20 – Listen to advice and accept what you are taught. In the end you will be wise.

Friendship, REAL friendship, will not be all fun and laughs, but will also bring times where challenging discussions and pain will take place. And, if you are coming from a loving place, with pure motives and a self-less attitude (not about you and your feelings on something) then your words should be received well. As the saying goes, it is not what one says, but how one says it that matters the most. And, how you say something and why you say something determines the type of response and outcome you will receive.

Love sometimes hurts. And, we all should be willing to be on the hurt side of love if we desire to grow. We are not perfect and we cannot see ourselves the way others can. So, we must remain open to hear, receive, process and adjust (if appropriate) when something is brought to us, as it will help us become a better person and a better friend. But, in order to do that, we must drop our pride, retire our ego and ignore the urge to maintain the fake public or personal perception you THINK exists about you. It’s not about the public, it’s not even really about you…ultimately it’s about God.

If you know God is leading you to doing better, being better, learning a lesson, etc., than no matter what it might look like or feel like, make the change. God will provide you the strength, courage, time and oftentimes privacy to do what you need to do in order to grow and move forward. Remember the only perfect man to walk this earth was Jesus….so, stop thinking you have it all together and will not be prone to make mistakes. You have made mistakes and you will again and again.

If you already know that possibly you have made a mistake, hurt someone’s feelings or need to change in a particular area of your life, you don’t have to wait until someone comes to you or something happens…take the honest counsel from the Holy Spirit and apologize, adjust or address it on your own. Show your maturity in Christ and allow God to see that you can be trusted with that friendship, that blessing, that opportunity and even more.

Walk in faith; live in love,

Mo Wood