Book: Proverbs 18
“There are ‘friends’ who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”
As I was starting to prepare to write this Kingdom Daily Wisdom the Lord impressed upon me to text a friend and see if he had five minutes to talk on the phone sometime today. As I was texting I was saying to the Lord, “What am I supposed to talk to him about? This could be awkward if I don’t have a reason for calling him.” The Lord gave me a peace that he would lead in our conversation. My friend called immediately and it was clear right away that the Lord wanted me to encourage, pray for him and get others to pray as well. He is a spiritual leader for a community and Satan was throwing distractions at him. God has been using him in a mighty way and it was obvious that the enemy didn’t like it. As I contacted friends to join me in prayer they were ready and eager.
Friends are friends no matter what comes up. They are to support, encourage, challenge and just be a friend. But friendship is spending time together, sharing dreams, sorrows and also experiencing life together.
There are those who think they are friends or have friends but constantly put each other down or hold each other back. This is not true friendship. In fact, maybe it would be better to classify those relationships as enemies. That might sound harsh for people that hang around together but revisit the proverb for the day. Sticking closer than a brother involves looking out for each others best interests not just your own.
I have watched our three sons as they have grown up together. Yes they had their tiffs at times, saying things they have had to apologize for later but they are still close. They will stick up for each other and care deeply for each other. I have watched as the older has helped the younger with their school work. They have pushed each other to be the best they can be at badminton. A true friend is even closer than the bond between brothers.
We all desire to have strong healthy friendships. For that to happen we must be the provider of that kind of friendship and be willing to receive that kind of friendship. It has to happen both ways.
Take time to consider your friendships. Are they true friendships? Do you spur them on to doing what is right and do they replicate it? If they were in need would you quickly come to their side and help them? Would they do the same for you?
During this Christmas season, enjoy spending time with your friends and be a ‘real friend’ to them!