Please expound on Proverbs 27:5.

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The Bible, open to the book of Proverbs. This translation is King James, which is public domain.

“Open rebuke is better than secret love” (Proverbs 27:5).

In proverbs we read that while not pleasant (v. 6), the wise admonition of a friend is helpful when it is accepted in the right spirit, but love that is never demonstrated or expressed is of no help to its object. Love must act or it fades away.

God was not secretive about His infinite love to man. The Creator of the universe sent His only Son to come to this dark Earth to live, suffer and die to redeem mankind (John 3:16). “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us.” Words fail him to express the depth of that eternal, changeless love, and John simply invites men to “behold” it. The supreme expression of divine love is the Father’s gift of His own Son (John 3:16), through whom it becomes possible for us to be “called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

In describing His earthly mission, Jesus said, The Lord “hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18). This was His work. He went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by Satan.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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