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!