Until Valentine’s Day, I’m dedicating my blog to love in its different forms. Today, I dedicate this blog to the amazing gift of friendship. In the photo are two of my long time friends, Trish and Judy. These ladies have been friends since before I met them. They are as close as sisters. They laugh, cry, fuss, and stand with each other through thick and thin.
I may not have a lot of $$$ in the bank, but I am rich in friends and I do not take this blessing lightly. I thank God for friends who have shared my life in the past, the present, and the ones I haven’t met yet.
The Bible has a lot to say about friendship. My favorite verse is Proverbs 27:17 – “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
If you want to have friends, Proverbs 18:24 advises: “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly.”
Friends help shape who we are. A good friend will want us to be the best we can be as an individual. And they will be honest with us if we ask them for the truth. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Proverbs 27:6.
Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times.” When we are up, or down, happy, or sad; when we get promoted, fall in love, fall out of love, lose a job… no matter what we are going through – a true friend will still love us, and we will do the same for them.
There is a big difference between an acquaintance and a true friend. A true friend will never try to talk you into doing things that violate your personal belief system. They will not undermine you to your face or behind your back. They will encourage you to be the best you can be. When you spend time with that person, you go away at peace about the time you spent together.
I’ve read that most people can name less than five people whom they consider to be true, close friends at any given time in their life. Take a minute and think of your very closest, most trusted, cherished friends. Take time before another day goes by to touch base and let them know they are appreciated.