Be a friend like no one else:
Proverbs 17:17 says that a friend loves at all times. Do you have a close friend you can depend on? My friendships have changed through out the years. God has been faithful to provide the right friend I have needed at the right time in my life.
There is a friendship in the bible that is coming to mind. I’m talking about David and Jonathan. I’m not going to go into every detail about there friendship, but you can read the whole account in 1 Samuel 20. Boy! What an example of a friendship. Jonathan loved David so much he was willing to give up his own kingship and lay down his life for him: “For he loved him as he loved his own soul” (1 Sam. 20:17).
I hope I can be that kind of friend. Finding someone you can trust who has your best interest at heart is a precious jewel to be treasured.
However, when you are searching for that deep loving friendship, please be careful in not choosing someone who will encourage you in your sins. It’s so easy to find a complaining buddy, or someone who will agree with everything you say. It’s another thing to find someone who will walk through fire with you, and at the same time, be honest enough to speak truth into your life with the love of Christ leading them.
I’m reminded of a book I read called Mom…..and loving it!… There is part where the authors are talking about 3 different snap shots of a woman. It’s the third one really caught my attention. It is a woman who has a listening ear for a friend even if it meant her plans are interrupted. She looks at the other women with the eyes of God, more concerned about how someone feels then how they dress. She loves the Lord. And she is dependent upon the Lords strength. Yes, this sounds like a true friend.
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look not only for this own interest, but also for the interests of others. Phil. 2:3-4