Yesterday's gospel reading is staying with me today --- mainly because some friends I care about have been in a very unpleasant conflict with each other. Here are two thoughts that I think are very wise indeed:
A friend is someone who, upon seeing another friend in immense pain,
Would rather be the one experiencing the pain,
Than to have to watch their friend suffer.
-- Amanda Gier
Here's the other one:
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
-- Chinese Proverb