True Friends

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Contributed by Mike Scott, Elder Overseer of Web/ Graphic Arts/ Media at Image Church.

What is the mark of a true friend?  Some of us have lots of friends.  Friends we grew up with in the neighborhood and throughout high school and college. People that we were roommates with or fellow co-workers. Some of us have hundreds and thousands of friends on our Facebook pages or Twitter.  The dictionary defines a friend as a “person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard, or a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter.”  It is always good to know that you have friends that you can count on to be there for you and love you unconditionally.  My family has felt love and comfort the past weeks from our true friends, as we went through some trials. In reflecting upon it, we feel blessed to have such great friends and are thankful.

The past week, my reading has on two different occasions talked about friends. In Proverbs 27:6 it says – Faithful are the wounds of a friend, profuse are the kisses of an enemy. (ESV)  Profuse means deceitful.  This hit hard, because it states that if we have integrity and are true to our friends that we love, we won’t let them do things they shouldn’t, even if we have to be bold and tell them they are wrong.  Most people struggle with this, I think, because they are afraid of hurting their friends. The funny thing is that we risk hurting them more in the long run if we don’t step in to try and help. All this must be done in a loving way.

Today in my devotions, I read Proverbs 27:17 that states iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (ESV) This verse, I think, speaks for itself. God has placed friends in our lives for a reason, and He has placed us in people’s lives for a reason. Our life as Christian’s is a journey, and we will experience many highs and lows. The great thing is that as our Heavenly Father has given us the Holy Spirit to comfort us and has given us His word to communicate with us; and we know that we can always talk to Him any time we want. However, He has also given us those true friends that will stick closer than a brother. So what kind of friend are you?  A friend that motivates others to do what is right? A friend that challenges others to follow God and be the kind of person that He desires?  We all can probably do a better job at being the true friend that God wants us to be.

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