Day 100 – A Friend Closer than a Brother
‘A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.’ Proverbs 17:17
‘Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.’ Proverbs 17:17 (MSG)
Friendship has a lot to do with commitment. If your friend does not love you at all times your friendship has not reached a sufficient level of maturity. When seeking friends, look for people you know will love you at all times. A friend that loves you at all times does not imply that they cannot find fault with you; in fact you need friends that will reprimand you when it is called for, speaking the truth to you in love. However, no matter how bad things turn for you, even if you fall into the deepest hole, your true friend will not desert you. While standing for truth, true friends should still (and will) stand by you, until you safely come out your troubles.
Proverbs 18:24 KJV says: ‘A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.’ Not only should you have a friend that loves you at all times, your friend should also be closer than a brother. Relatives are expected to stick to you and go through times of trouble together; a true friend is expected to be even closer in challenging times. In the same vein, you too should determine to show yourself to be a true friend. Are you a true friend to your friends, and do you think you need to review your friendships? May God give you friends that are closer than a brother, have a good day in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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