There is something special about having a friend that you can confide in, tell your troubles too, and share your life with. It has been said that a sorrow shared is halved, but a joy shared is doubled. Proverbs 27:10a says, “Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family” because you may need that friend in a day of trouble. David understood that Jonathan was a true and loyal friend. He was a worshiper of the true God. In Psalm 119:63 it says, “I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.” Those who fear God (which is a reverence and high respect for God) are good companions and make excellent friends. You will soon discover that their godly values will rub off on you and these types of friends can be accountability partners to each other. “The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding” (Prov. 28:28).
Friends are those who stick with you during the hard times. Trials and adversity can usually separate true friends from those who are just fair-weather friends. Why? Because, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity” (Prov 17:17). Jonathan and David had one of the greatest friendships ever known. So much so that, “Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself” (I Sam. 18:3). This type of friendship is an image of the relationship that Christ has for the church. A relationship where He literally died for His bride.
God called Abraham as friend. Because Abraham walked with God and he shares everything to God and that’s why God too shared with Abraham about the disaster happens to Sodom and Gomorrah. The Lord said,“ Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, (Genesis 18;17).Friends share the secrets with one another they won’t hid from the other. That’s the nature of friendship.
A true Christian friend will love his or her friend in any and every kind of situation. Love means caring, helping, listening, covering an offense, being patient, never envying or boasting (1 Cor 13:4-7). This kind of love and friendship can only be supernatural. It also means speaking the truth in love when it is necessary (Eph 4:15). Christians should seek to love God more than their friends (2 Cor 8:5) so that they can be a true friend “at all times.”
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