Proverbs 17:17 “Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.” (The Message)
I heard of a father who spoke of how his daughter switched schools in the middle of year four. She left behind a lot of good friends that she had known for years. Though she was sad to leave those friends, she was also excited to meet new people and make new friends. She has made some great friends at her new school, at church, and at the stables where she rides horses. But she also stays in contact with some of her friends from her previous school as well.
Friendships aren’t always easy. Friends go through seasons of trial, arguments, differences of opinion, and busy schedules. Along the way, new friends are made, and old friendships sometimes fade. Friends can influence us for good and for bad. Friendships can be a lot of work. But when they are at their best, friendships are also very rewarding. Real friends support us and also challenge us. They see us for who God intended us to be, and they help us grow in the grace and love of Christ.
The Bible contains stories of deep friendships. David and Jonathan’s friendship is a great example of one that lasted through deep difficulties (1 Samuel 19-20). Friendships that endure are filled with love all the time.
Who are our friends? How are we supporting them and encouraging them? How are they supporting and encouraging us? Are our friendships filled with love at all times?
Father, help us in our friendships to love each other as you have called us to love. In Jesus, Amen.