True friendship is not easy to come by. Jealousy, greed, and dishonesty affect relationships on a daily basis.
How do we get beyond these behaviors? How can we find and keep friends who will be loyal, trustworthy, honest?
God helps us in many ways - through stories, lessons, examples...
A man of many companions may come to ruin,
My study Bible talks about needing friends who stick by us and care. It discusses the value of one true friend as opposed to many superficial acquaintances.
But, it goes a step further suggesting that rather than looking for that true friend, we become a true friend to someone else. Many people might need our friendship and God can reveal them to us. You might consider taking on that challenge - becoming a true friend to someone else.
A friend loves at all times,
"Loves at all times" - forever loyal. The Bible encourages us to be true friends, loving at all times - forever loyal, not just fair weather friends. Think of your friends and ask how loyal you are to them.The next verses might help you search for evidence of true or genuine friendship in your life:
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind.
Have you ever had a friend offer advice you didn't want to hear (wounds)? Well, you're not alone! But more often than not, that friend has our best interests in mind. Then, there are those people who don't have our best interests in mind. They tell us what we want to hear (kisses), not what is best for us.
More times than not, we know we should have listened to our friend.
Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with a friend.
What a privilege! Speaking to him as a friend. And you know God was providing his wisdom and direction - face to face, as a friend.
And now Jesus Christ helps us to be friends:
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
We may not have to die for a friend but there are other ways to practice this love - like listening, helping, encouraging, or giving to our friends when they are in need.