Today's Devotional Thought
June 02, 2011 by Rachel Piferi
At All Times
As we have mentioned before, Wendy and I are reading through the Bible chronologically this year. It is fascinating to read the Bible in chronological order and I highly recommend that you do it next year. Right now, we are in the Proverbs and I am loving the pearls of wisdom that are found within this book.
Yesterday, as I was reading, I ran across a familiar verse: A friend loves at all times and a brother is born in adversity (Proverbs 17:17). In reading the commentary on that verse, another verse appeared as well: A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).
Have you ever had an experience where someone has proven to be that friend that Solomon is talking about? You know, the type of experience or season of life where your true friends emerge because they remain by you through your struggle as your other “friends” slowly disappear?
Solomon is right: a true friend loves at all times. And, as this Proverb says, the true friend proves to be even closer than a friend in times of need and adversity. It is when you struggle that your true friend proves to be a brother, or sister, to you.
As I was thinking about this verse further, I thought of another important thing. You see, I believe that Solomon is correct and that there are people who are true friends who love at all times. Friends who will love you through the ups and downs of life. But, even though we may have friends who love at all times, what happens when you just don’t feel lovable at all times?
Have you ever had that type of situation?
You know, the type of situation where you just don’t understand why your true friend is still loving you? Maybe you were going through a season of life where you behaved poorly or disappointed those around you or just couldn’t seem to get it together. And yet, your friend was still there, still loving you.
Do you know what that is?
That, my friends, is love as Jesus loves. That is unconditional love. That is grace. That is giving you something that you simply don’t deserve, but it exists anyways. And that, my friends, is Jesus.
In the Proverbs, Solomon describes many characteristics of a true friend. And, the characteristic that stands out most to me is unconditional love and loyalty through all types of situations. And what I see in this is that a true friend, the one who sticks closer than a brother, is showing you Jesus’ love. That’s why they are faithful. That’s why they are true. Because they are emulating Jesus.
As you think of your relationships today, I urge you to pray that God will help you to be that friend who loves unconditionally. Be that true friend today and show them Jesus’ love. Show them an unconditional, faithful love that only comes from above.