Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Friend Loveth At All Times

Today I read Proverbs 17 and found a phrase that I was familiar with, but did not know off the top of my head that it was in this chapter.  "A friend loveth at all times and a brother is born for adversity".  It is strange to think that human nature has not changed in 3000 years.  When Solomon wrote this, there were people who would take advantage of you, who would only be your friend when things are going well, or when they could use you to get what they wanted/needed.  People who would not stand by you in the hard times and when they are needed the most.  For some reason it just seems that back then when I would imagine times were harder that people would stand by each other more, but apparently not if Solomon had to write this down for all time and people to see. 

I was always taught to be the kind of friend you want to be.  The only challenge with that, is everyone wants good friends and so living like that can attract people who are not good to have around you.  A good friend is one who makes it easier to live the Gospel.  One who helps you no matter what is going on around you.  Who enjoys your presence even when you are at your worst.  Who is not afraid to call you out when you are out of line.  Those are the kind of friends we all hope to find in this life and have by our side.  Keep searching until you find them, they are out there.  Until tomorrow.

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