True Friendship

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Proverbs 18:24

 24 A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.

Steel and wood don’t fold into each other. At least, wood doesn’t in the way that others metal fold into steel. All metals have to be fashioned to join together with any form of tree. In other words, you carve a handle and fit it to steel. Metals can be forged into a compound, but metal and wood are normally coupled together.

That doesn’t make them any less valuable. In fact a hammer is one of the most useful tools in anyone’s tool chest. The same is true of friendships. Yes, you should be compatible with your friends, similar interests are nice. There are friends though, that are more important than whether or not you like the same basketball team. Go Celtics!

The people in your life that mean the most are more important than the color of their jersey. This is true, even if they disagree with you on the best phone, car, or even crime fighter. Friendships, like metal and wood, build homes. The nail in one beam may hold a picture frame, while another connects the beam to the frame.

[tweetthis]Friends can be blood, or not blood, but true friends will always become family![/tweetthis]


One minute you’re watching a game with a friend, the next, you’re driving to the hospital together. My friends know what makes me smile, and makes me sad. They know what makes me angry, and what makes me laugh. They’ve been with me, both to dry my tears, and to hold me until I was through weeping.

Friends can be blood, or not blood, but true friends will always become family! If you don’t have a friend like this, first, there is hope. It wasn’t always like this for me, but it is now. Second, the Scripture says to have a friend, “you must show yourself friendly.” Find someone that’s hurting, and be their friend.

Do this, without expecting anything in return. Maybe they’ll reciprocate, maybe they won’t, but it’s good practice. God sees that void in your life, and He wants to fill it. First, with a relationship with Him, for “He is a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Second, with loved ones who will help you in dark times.

Psalms 68: 6

 6 God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains:

The Bible says that, “He sitteth the solitary in families, and brings out those bound with chains.” Maybe you’re afraid to have friends, you’re afraid for them to see your scars. We all have them. No matter how hard you try, someone will notice that you’re not perfect. Perfect by the way, in a Biblical sense, means mature. It means you’ve grown, you’re complete, and you’re whole.

 

[tweetthis]Isaiah 49:16 16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of [my] hands; thy walls [are] continually before me.[/tweetthis]

 

The Lord Jesus is perfect in both, the sense of being infallible, and in the sense of maturity. He came to Earth because He loved us. He grew as a man to be among us. He died as a man to take our scars, and according to Zechariah, He kept them because He wants to show His Friendship.

Zechariah 13:6

6 And [one] shall say unto him, What [are] these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, [Those] with which I was wounded [in] the house of my friends.

He will keep them, even with a glorified body, even though He need never suffer again. He kept them for His friends, as proof of His Friendship. This is true, not just in the day Zechariah talks about, but every day of our lives. The Lord Jesus opened Zion to both Jew and Gentile, and He told them something in Isaiah 49:16. He said, and I’m paraphrasing, “I won’t forget you, I have carved you in the palms of my hands.”

Isaiah 49:16

16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of [my] hands; thy walls [are] continually before me.