2003-06-18 - Passages about Friendship
Originally Published 2000-01-23
If you have one or more close friends, consider yourself truly blessed. If you don't, ask God to send someone(s) like that into your life, and focus on being a good friend to those around you.
God loves us through our friends, sometimes giving us a taste of His unconditional love for us:
(Prov 17:17 NRSV) A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.
He strengthens us through our friends:
(Eccl 4:9-12 NRSV) Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.
True friends are always there -- for the highest highs and the lowest lows -- and feel each other's pains and joys:
(Rom 12:15 NRSV) Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Real friends are honest, even when it's difficult:
(Prov 27:6 NRSV) Well meant are the wounds a friend inflicts, but profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
If you desire lasting friendships, be a true friend to those you have:
(Prov 18:24 KJV) A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.