A real friend is one of life's greatest blessings. In this day of temporary relationships, true friendship is rare. How can you find and develop lasting friendships? Proverbs gives us some guidance:
“A man of too many friends comes to ruin,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”.- Proverbs 18:24
To have a friend, be a friend. Go out of your way to show that you are interested in their lives.
To cement a friendship, be loyal. Demonstrate your willingness to love them unconditionally, even when your friend is not lovable. Be supportive even when your friend is not popular.
To experience lasting friendship, be an encourager. A true friend is someone who tells the truth, but always with your best interests at heart.
"Many people will walk in and out of you life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart."
Relationships in real life involve different levels of friendships, and that's okay. But humans are designed by God for lasting relationships. Often our isolationist society offers only vague, empty relationships. God wants us to have friends here on earth. Most of all, He wants us to be friends with Him!
Do you need a friend? God wants to be your true friend. Are you longing for companionship? God is always with you.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
"Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you."
Who do you know who needs a true friend today? God wants you to befriend others. He calls us to be His hands and feet in a world starving for true friendship.