Proverbs 17:17  A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

Proverbs 24:26  An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship.

I have had so many “friends” become just acquaintances.  In fact, I have a difficult time using the word friend in many circumstances.  Based on the above verses from Proverbs (my favorite book in the Old Testament) I am someone you would want as a friend.  The problem is, many don’t feel the same way.

Don’t get me wrong…that’s okay.  Once I recognize that all they wanted to be is acquaintances that is perfectly acceptable.

I volunteered once where this fella and I took communion to the homebound.  I was always introduced as his dear friend.  I listened too many of his issues as he was going through a divorce and tried to provide as much comfort as possible.  However, when he met his next wife, he totally changed (she ran in a more affluent crowd).  I’m glad I was there for him but I realized that he no longer needed me as a friend.

Or the Presbyterian minister who loved Jesus with all of her heart.  But when I asked her about her views on pro-life…she was pro-choice.  She was more concerned about the right of the mother.  I didn’t back down but in a loving way explained that her view was not consistent with being a follower of Christ.  It was her, not me, that turned away.

I have considered that maybe I’m being unfair as my expectations of a friend are based on what makes me a good friend.  Perhaps the difference, however, is that we are on spiritual levels?  Where I could care less about material possessions many can’t separate themselves from earthly things.

For me, it’s all about God and what I am expected to do.  As I’ve said many times, I want people to see the Jesus in me.  Therefore I must demonstrate love, be compassionate and have mercy for all.  Jesus is my brother, but also my friend.  And I think the good Lord for that!