17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
-How would you define friendship? For some, it may be a mingling of complimentary personalities. For others, it is seen as a bond formed over time and shared experience. The list could go on and on, but we would still be hard pressed to define friendship better than the Bible. Simply put, a friend is someone who will always love you. A friend will be close on the good days and will be even closer on the bad days. A friend will appreciate your strengths and will never question or judge your shortcomings. A friend will offer love, no matter what. Anything less is not true friendship. Jesus taught us that “because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12) This means that such true friendships are hard to find because people who will manifest such true love for those around them are hard to find. If you’ve found such a friend, be sure to appreciate how rare a gift that is and be thankful to God that He still softens hearts. Also, don’t forget to be a true friend in return- “a man that hath friends must shew himself friendly”. (Proverbs 18:24)