Closer Than a Brother

If you have been doing the “wisdom challenge” with us, then you are over half way complete! Even if you haven’t been you can start today by reading Proverbs 18 on October 18th. As I was reading Proverbs 18, I was reminded of our month’s topic a few months back, friendship.

A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).”

I decided to dig some notes out from the past and post a few of our thoughts concerning friendship. Let’s first look at some friends, who really aren’t your friends, we can do without.

Dishonest Friends

“The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm (Proverbs 13:20).”

These friends will just get you in trouble. Don’t miss the point that you will suffer as well if you choose to hang out with this group.

Short-wick Friends

“Don’t make friends with an angry man, and don’t be a companion of a hot-tempered man, or you will learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare (Proverbs 22:24-25).”

You know someone always blowing up on people? Hang out with them long enough and you will begin to act like them. It probably won’t be long before you are the object of their wrath as well.

Fake “user” Friends

“Wealth attracts many friends, but a poor man is separated from his friend. Many seek the favor of a ruler, and everyone is a friend of one who gives gifts (Proverbs 19:4,6).”

Some people just hang around to get what they want from you and then they’re out. This can be monetary, emotional, or even physical gain. Evaluate whether the folks that hang out with  are there for friendship or profit.

Unfaithful Friend

“Trusting an unreliable person in a time of trouble is like a rotten tooth or a faltering foot (Proverbs 25:19).”

It’s easy to be a friend when things are good, but good friends stick close when things get tough. Who is there when you need a friend?

Closer Than a Brother

A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).”

Definition of friendship: A trustworthy peer with whom we mutually choose to lovingly live “do life with” with by seeking unique access and service for God’s glory and mutual good.”

This friend is in my life, or I should say God has put them in my life, so that we can help one another pursue Christ and glorify God. They do not hinder my walk with Jesus but take opportunity to advance it. They are willing to encourage me, serve me, and even rebuke me if necessary. I listen to this person and I don’t just hear them. This friend is awesome! This friend admits when they’re are wrong and asks me to forgive them (and I do). Apart from my best friend, Jesus, I don’t know what I would do without them.

Do you have a friend like this? Do you pray for a friend like this? Are you willing to be a friend like this? These friendships are not easy and take time to build. Are you willing?


Posted on October 18, 2010, in Wisdom. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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