Friendship (2)

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”            Proverbs 17:17 NKJV

In life you’ll have many acquaintances, but few friends.  And that’s okay, especially if you value quality over quantity.  Just because you have good social skills doesn’t mean you’ll have good friends.  Sometimes people who are “the life of the party” are the loneliest because they live with a core fear that says, “If you really knew me you wouldn’t want me.”  Sadly, they’re often the ones who become workaholics and try to lose themselves in achievement.  Or their unmet needs drive them into multiple affairs.  Or they get into mood-altering substances that lead to addiction.

In the parable of the prodigal son we read these words: “When he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want;…and no one gave him anything” (Luke 15:14-16 NKJV).  It’s time you reconsidered what true friendship is.  It’s not what some of your business buddies spout when they vent their ego concerning their latest success.  If you read between the lines, chances are what they’re really saying is, “See how wonderful I am.   And as long as you’re in my league you can be my friend.”  That’s fickle!  ” A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”  In Old Testament times friends entered into a covenant by exchanging a shoe and a sword.  The shoe meant, “I’ll go to wherever you are and I’ll stand with you.”  The sword meant, “I’ll fight for you and lay down my life for you.”  The question is: Are you willing to become that kind of “friend?”

 

This message taken from: Daily Devotional – The Word For You Today