Proverbs 17:17 – “A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.” NASU
Proverbs 18:24 – “…there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” NIV
Most of us have people we call “friend” or they call us “friend” but are they really? What level of friendship are we talking about, because there are many and most fall into the category of “casual friendships” or friendships that cost us little or nothing! I call them “friendships of convenience”. They are valid when they provide a benefit for us and are convenient for us to maintain. Then there are friendships that go beyond that to the level of “good friends”. These are friendships that we are willing to invest at least some time and effort into and even be inconvenienced to a degree, but even in this category, there is a limit. Then we come to the type of friendship mentioned in the passages above, I would call this “covenant friendships”. These are friendships that we are willing to die for and will do whatever, whenever, and wherever to fulfill any need, obligations or requests within moral boundaries for them. I have such friends in my life and for that I am grateful.
I had several friends in Vietnam that we would have died for each other. I have friends in ministry who would lay down their lives for me and me for them. I have friends who have driven hundreds of miles to check on me, called at all hours of the night because God laid me on their hearts and they knew I needed help. I’ve done the same for some of them. That kind of friend is worth more than all the gold in Fort Knox or all the oil beneath the surface of the earth. They are priceless and you cannot treasure them enough.
Yet, as believers we have a friend that is even more committed to us and more capable of meeting our needs than any human friend. His name is Jesus! He has NEVER and WILL NEVER fail you are me. He KNOWS every need, sees every tear, hears every cry, and stands ready at ALL TIMES to come to our aide. No power can stand against Him and no love can match His. If you don’t know Him I highly recommend Him to you today. He truly is a “friend that sticks closer than a brother,” and “will NEVER leave us nor forsake us.”
May you enjoy your Sunday in the Lord and reflect on those whom you call “friend” and not only treasure those friendships but cultivate them and develop at least some of them to the level of “Covenant Friendships.”
May God bless you as you go through your day and week in His Care and Keeping!