It has been our experience that true friendship is not always obvious — that is, people you thought were your friends may turn out to be disloyal, and those that you thought didn’t care much for you may turn out to be your closest allies. A true friendship is a very rare thing, but when it is proven, it is something to treasure and keep safe by all means possible. There is a vast difference between knowing someone well and being a true friend. The greatest evidence of genuine friendship is loyalty (loving “at all times”). A true friend is there to help in times of distress or personal struggles. Too many people are fair-weather friends. They hang around when the friendship helps them and leave when they’re not getting anything out of the relationship. Think of your friends and think about your loyalty to them.
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 (NIV)
Someone once said, “Having friends is such hard work!” That might be true, but it is so worth it. Remember the age-old counsel is that in order to have a friend, you need to be a friend. Often, we need to take the initiative to be friend-like to someone else before they are friend-like toward us; someone has to go first. And besides, the joy that comes from being a friend to someone is priceless.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 (NIV)
True friendship means laying down your very life, if necessary, for the good of a friend. This is the way God loves us. He gives us what is good for us, not what we want. Happily, there are times when the two coincide! But when they do not coincide, when our hearts are broken, God feels it too. He is willing to endure with us, and that is true friendship. Be the kind of true friend the Bible encourages.
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