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Human beings were created to be social creatures, meaning that we are most comfortable when we have family, friends and acquaintances. Friendship is an important element in a fulfilled, contented l...
‘A friend loveth at all times’ (Prov. 17:17): When I was in Bible college, one of our choices (in an Old Testament class which covered the Book of Proverbs) was to write about "Friendship in the Book of Proverbs." Friendship should be based on love even when friends are going through tests (“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Pr. 17:17 NKJV). I like what Michael said, “Friends can also prove false, pretending affection for their own motives and deserting us when our friendship no longer benefits them (Psalm 55:12-14; Proverbs 19:4, 6-7).” Concerning Proverbs 19:4, 6-7, friendships that are based on money will surely fail. Compare Proverbs 6:1-5; 14:20. Also, what Michael said about the probability of friendships being “broken down through gossip (Proverbs 16:28) or grudges (Proverbs 17:9)” is so true! If we’re careless, gossip can ruin a true friendship (Prov. 16:28), so the best thing to do is cover offenses with love (Prov. 17:9; 1 Peter 4:8). Finally, what Michael said about being careful when choosing friends is vital: “Proverbs 1:10-19 and 4:14-19 contain warnings about friends and how we should choose them.” Friendships that are based on sin (Proverbs 10:10-19; see also Prov. 16:29-30) will surely end in shipwreck. Ultimately, Jesus is our truest Friend, the Friend of sinners: The Lord Jesus Christ is ‘A friend that sticketh closer than a brother’ (Prov. 18:24) -- a Friend Who gave His all John 15:13 a Friend Who loves all classes Luke 7:34 a Friend Who loves at all times Prov. 17:17 a Friend Who loves in all states of soul Prov. 27:6; Heb. 12:6 a Friend Who is needed by all Prov. 27:10; John 6:67-68
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