(Proverbs 27:5 KJV) Open rebuke is better than secret love.
Last time I looked at this verse I mentioned two unfortunate realities and only wrote about one. The first was the lack of honest rebuke. The second problem is “love” (160) that is not expressed. We are too often guilty of hiding our “love” (160).
What we have a hard time with is that love is sometimes expressed by rebuke. Years ago there was a cartoon series that started with the idea that “Love is never having to say you are sorry.” That thought is an abomination. Love is expressed many ways and asking forgiveness along with confession are tools of the relationship.
Too often our feelings are “secret” (concealed NASB) (5641) when they should be shared. Actually I am not sure which excess is more common, sharing too much or sharing too little. Here the emphasis is on clamming up and playing the strong silent type.
So? Love. Be patient, kind, non-grudge bearing, etc. Let it out. Let people know.