(Proverbs 27:6 KJV) Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
The definition of “faithful” (539) has a lot of interesting branches. Among them are “nurse” and “nourish”. We are looking at the part of love’s definition that has been discarded by the culture in which we live. In the world around us love means “never having to say you are sorry.” To God, that is a sorry definition.
Think about going to the doctor and needing a shot of some medication. Often the doctor or nurse will say, “I’m sorry. This is going to hurt a little.” Would you go back to a doctor who said, “I have a treatment that will cure you but I am not going to use it because it might make you uncomfortable.”
So? We are to do what is best for others, not what they want. In a perfect world the two would always be the same. I don’t live in a perfect world.