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Friends Are Gifts From God

A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 
— Proverbs 18:24
Samuel Johnson supposedly said, “A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair,” and that is very true.

A dear friend of mine used to farm across the fence from me. We would encourage one another in the early mornings while the staff were coming to work. Often it would still be dark. He’d always tell me to take time out to smell the roses.

A good friend will also always tell you the truth. A flatterer — someone who tells you what you want to hear — isn’t necessarily a good friend.

A good friend will tell you when the price of gas is going up, when your taillight isn’t working, or when there’s damp in your bathroom.

A true friend will bring around a meal when you’re sick, fetch your kids from soccer practice, and encourage you when you’re down. This is because a friend cares about you and wants the best for you.

One year when I was battling to get our crop in because our tractor had broken down, another neighbor brought his tractors over to our farm and helped us get the crop in on time. He wanted nothing in return, just the simple pleasure of helping me. What an invaluable friend.

Spend time developing friendships — first with the Lord Jesus, then with those He has placed around you. 

Remember, a burden shared is a burden halved. Work on your friendships just as much as you work on your job, your home, or your talent.

(Adapted from Living A Mighty Faith by Angus Buchan, copyright Angus Buchan)

PRAYER CONFESSION

Dear God, thank You for the friends and neighbors You’ve placed in my life. Show me how to be a better friend today. Help me to daily choose a good name more than silver or gold. Help me to be a good friend to others indeed. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen