To Be A Friend Indeed

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24)

As most of us realize, there are “friends” and there are friends. Before my dad passed away, he taught me that the most important thing in life is to have friends (he was referring to the latter category of real, genuine friends) sadly, they are rather rare! I sat down and thought about what characterizes a true friend. Here are some of my reflections, based on years of observations and experiences: He defends you when you’re right and investigates rumors or gossip leveled against you

  • He cherishes a mutual, two-way relationship
  • He doesn’t betray you
  • He doesn’t leave you in a lurch
  • He doesn’t use (or abuse) you
  • He enjoys being with you
  • He gives to supply your needs
  • He is not jealous of you
  • He is there for you when needed
  • He keeps his word to you (and to others as well)
  • He prays for you
  • He shares with you wise, godly counsel
  • He won’t drag you down but will lift you up

Oh, did I mention that such a person is rather rare? You can see why! Are you this kind of a friend? If you are searching for the best friend ever, His name is Jesus and you will find Him in His Word, the Bible. He will never leave you or forsake you. His Word is always true and His friendship is everlasting. He knew what it meant to be betrayed, but I promise you, He will never do that to you!

The hymn-writer J. Wilbur Chapman reminds us:

“Jesus what a Friend for sinners! Jesus! Lover of my soul; Friends may fail me, foes assail me, He, my Savior, makes me whole. Hallelujah! what a Savior! Hallelujah! what a Friend! Saving, helping, keeping, loving, He is with me to the end.”

Jesus, What A Friend For Sinners, John Wilbur Chapman

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