Today’s Blog: Ointment and Perfume
TODAY’S PROVERB: As ointment and perfume gladden the heart, so the sweetness of one’s friend comes from his sincere counsel. Proverbs 27:9, TLV
Do you have friends who are ointment and perfume — those who gladden your heart? Are they people you trust with your heart and have proven themselves as wise counsel? Cherish them. And give them the greatest gift you can give them: be the same to them.
A few years ago I spoke at a women’s retreat about the types of friendships. I also included tips on how to have healthy relationships, how to spot unhealthy ones, how to be a better friend, and how to cultivate a Godly sisterhood.
Living real-time in Proverbs has reminded me of the preciousness of friends. Recently there was a death in my family. Despite the limitations of COVID-19, friends have reached out and been ointment and perfume.
Whether an encouraging word, prayers, texts, or phone calls, it meant so much. It reminded me to be grateful and to show gratitude, even when things around me were chaotic, and it appeared I was alone and on my own, because really I wasn’t.
These friends have taught me how to pause and notice those sweet acts of kindness — and truly, they were healing ointment.