Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. ~ Proverbs 27:17
Everybody has friends or do they? In today’s lingo the word “friends” is used in loose terms. I hear people talking about how many Facebook friends they have. How many people follow them on twitter. I wonder how many of those people are true friends to them? We are blessed to have true friends. You could probably count your true friendships on one hand.
The word friend is defined as, “One who is personally well known by oneself, for whom one has warm regard of affection. A close intimate companion.” We all have many acquaintances. People we work with, hang out with, go to church with, share a meal, or go shopping with. These are people we know and gather with casually.
A true friend is one who knows you intimately, loves and accepts you in spite of your flaws. You can be yourself around them without putting on a front. If you’re having a good day or bad they accept you. True friends don’t put demands on your relationship. If you see or call them or not, its okay. Sometimes it may be weeks or months between encounters. With a real friend it doesn’t matter, you pick up right where you left off.
I have been blessed throughout my life to have had some really true friends. If I’m in trouble or have a need I can depend on them. They will come running no matter what the need is.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.” ~ John 15:13
Jesus is a true friend. He will accept you as you are. He will never leave or forsake you. Accept His “friend request” today. He will always be there for you in the good and bad times.
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