One of the basic needs and longings of the heart is for a real, true friend. Many definitions have been given to friendship, both serious and funny. It’s been said, “A friend is someone who doesn’t go on a diet when you’re fat”, or “A true friend will go on liking you no matter how successful either of you become.” On the more serious side, a friend is one who strengthens you with prayers, blesses you with love, and encourages you with hope.
As we go through life, you and I will meet a lot of different people. There are those who are casual acquaintances. They touch our lives briefly and then they are gone. There are fair-weather friends. When storms come, they abandon ship. Then there are true friends. When they get on board, they stay on board. Through thick and thin, you can count on them.
Out of all the people Jesus knew, he had few close friends. It was Ben Franklin who said, “Be slow in making friends, even slower in changing them.” Counseling with people through the years, I have found that having a friend can solve many of the problems that people have. Everyone wants someone to care – someone to walk in when the entire world walks out.
The Native American meaning for the word friend is “one who carries my sorrows on his back.” Today, if you have a good friend, thank God for him. If you are in need of a friend, remember that to gain a friend you must be friendly.
Remember that the Bible says, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Jesus can be to each one what we need. Turn to Him today with your burdens. He is just a prayer away.