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Read: 2 Samuel 14

David could see the need for forgiveness and peace in someone else’s family, but his grief would not let him see the need in his own family. Joab finds a way to gently correct David. The forgiveness is not complete, but David takes a step in the right direction.

Do you have friends in your life who would gently correct you if you needed it? A friend who tells you what you want to hear is fun to have around, but a friend who tells you what you need to hear is much more valuable. Proverbs 27:6 says, “Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.” If you don’t have a friend like this, find one.