Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Proverbs 27:6, KJV
A friend of mine published her first book. Since I had purchased and read a copy, she called and asked for my opinion. I stumbled over what to say because I didn’t think the book was written well. She finally said: “If you’re my friend, I need you to be completely honest and tell me what you think about my new book.”
So I did. I told her what I liked about her book and then shared my feedback on how I thought it could be improved. And though I was sure she would be angry at me for sharing my negative feedback, she told me she appreciated my frankness and honesty, and that I was a good friend.