A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. – Proverbs 17:17 NKJV
The proverb states it clearly, a friend loves at all times. Not only on the good, plentiful and drama free times, but in the stressful, shameful and shunning moments. The times when everyplace we look at, the only thing we see is everybody’s back walking away from us. It is in those bleak, gray and shady moments in which we don’t know or understand all of the facts, that true friendship flourishes.
It is a privilege to be a true friend. It requires character, love and an unyielding commitment to remain a friend. A friend is needed the most in the times when anguish and finger pointing is the order of the day. When being associated, equates to staining your image, your judgement, and your possibilities.
But being a friend is much more. It is opening your heart to the spirit of love, compassion, and of a better future. It is knowing that maybe showing support may bring consequences, but in spite of them, you still do it. Being a friend is not ignoring the truth, but in spite of the truth, you love, you care, and you lift another soul. You help them amend their life. You make them dream, and hope again. Being a friend, is becoming vulnerable.
Being a friend is guiding, restoring, and lifting someone else that has drifted, that has been broken and has fallen. Being a friend is always remembering that it could be you seeking for friendship, when the colors of the world turn gray and the smiles of men, turn to stone cold walls.
Being a true friend, is very powerful. You get to witness the transformation of a shunned life, to a shinning star. You get to see the love of God transforming not only the recipient of your friendship, but also your own life.
Being a friend, is loving yourself. We should all learn how to be, a true friend.
“The power of friendship is not in the desire to have a friend, but in the commitment to be one” – Eddie Lee Long
“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”
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Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.