Being a true friend is far different than hanging out with some one…even if it’s a whole lot of fun! Being a true friend is more than being a casual acquaintance with someone…or being a really good co-worker…or even a really good neighbor.
Being a true friend is a lot more than just being friendly. (Although we ALL should work on that! With ALL those around us! Starting right in our homes with ALL the people in our family!)
God’s Word has so much to say about the character of a true friend. Here are just a few passages to think about, pray about…and DO something about:
A friend loves at all times…Proverbs 17:17
He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates friends. Proverbs 17:9
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24
Wounds from a friend can be trusted…Proverbs 27:6
And from our Lord Jesus Christ we learn what true love and true friendship really are:
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one than this that he lay his life down for his friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command.” John 15:12-14
May we each accept the unfailing, powerful love and fullest act of intimate and outrageously sacrificial friendship that we could ever receive: Jesus laid down His perfect, sinless life for us…while we were still His enemies.
Jesus didn’t wait for us to change in our attitudes towards Him. Jesus didn’t wait for us to be friendly and loving to Him.
Jesus was a true Friend, a true Lover of our souls. And He didn’t…and doesn’t want any of us to die without knowing the truth of His love, and the power of His friendship.
And we, who are believers in Jesus, have been given clear guidelines—a very clear command from our Lord Jesus:
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
This is the true measure for what being a true friend is all about!
May we each choose to let our Lord work His transforming power in each one of us so that we will follow this command of love and friendship—in our thoughts, in our words, in our actions and in every relationship!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane