Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Are you a true friend?

What kind of friend are you? Are you a true friend? How do you act around others, is it the same with everyone that you meet? Do you treat all your friends the same? Are some of your friends treated like some that you just met?

There is a vast difference between knowing someone and being a true friend. The greatest evidence of a true genuine friendship is loyalty. True friends help in times of distress or personal struggles, not dragging in their own to help bring you down. There are to many so called fair weather friends, who only stick around when the friendship only helps them out and leave when they are not getting anything out of the relationship.

I know a friend that sticks closer than a brother. His name is Jesus!

"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." (Proverbs 18:24)

A true friends colors will soon shine through in the difficult circumstances. We should only have one or two close intimate friends that you can share your private thoughts to, and not to a bunch of superficial acquaintances. When we maintain a surface relationship with lots of people we will run into the lack of good advice when it really counts. I'm not saying that you can't have friends, but you need to only have a few that you tell everything to cause if you tell everyone everything you are setting yourself up for a fall.

True friends will wound us. They are willing to tell us the hard truth, even when it hurts. We can trust their honest feedback. We need to watch out for those who do not have the courage to confront you when you need it.

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. - Walter Winchell

Here are some thoughts for you to ponder on:

Are you a friend that lifts others up out of the molly grubs?

Are you a friend that gives comfort in time of need- a shoulder to cry on?

Are you a friend that provides wisdom through his/her answers?

Are you a friend that listens and helps build others up?

Are you an encourager to your friends?

Are you a friend that prays with others?

Are you a friend that will pray for others?

Are you a friend that will stay through good times as well as bad?

Are you a friend that will leave your friend during the rough times or disappear only to come back after things are going good again?

Remember that a true friendship is a God given friendship!

He has created us with a desire for friends, for giving and recieving His love to and through others. He will bring us together with His family in such a way that it provides God breathed, God ordained, close knit God relationships. He tells us what kind of friend we should be to others as well as what kinds of friends to avoid, and how to be a better person, a better friend. Open up and take a look in the best book of all.....the Bible.


  • At 5:16 PM, Blogger Charise said…

    Thanks for the words you write. They are very warm and comforting...


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