Proverbs 17:17 (AMP) 17 A friend loves at all times, and is born, as is a brother, for adversity.
You find out who your real friends are after you face adversity. Many so called friends leave you the minute you are perceived to have lost your value to them. My Pastor used to say of Proverbs 14:20, “Rich has many friends but poor is an orphan.”
The Amplified Bible says it this way, “The poor is hated even by his own neighbor, but the rich has many friends.”
Unfortunately, I have experienced the vaporization of “friends” because of perceived worth. Our church moved to its current location with 350 members and after some time of adversity we were left with 20 people.
Ministers who had been around us because it was fashionable to be our friends faded away and would not attend our events any more because it wasn’t “big.”
That’s when we found out who our true friends were. They called, checked in on us, encouraged us and even gave money toward our building projects. True friends don’t have an agenda and are really the kind of people you want around you.
Fair weather friends will desert you when you are ill, suffering set backs or get in the way of their planned success. True friends are with you through thick or thin, rejoicing or tears, good times or not so good times.
When you find a true friend, hang on to them. Thank God for them because they are a rare and precious gift from Him. Oh, and most importantly, be a friend to all you can. You’d be surprised how many people could use, and would appreciate, a true friend.
True friends don’t always agree with you but will always love you and be there for you.
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