Verse of the Day

"There are 'friends' who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother."

~Proverbs 18:24

Today's Devotional Thought

June 01, 2012 by Rachel Piferi



Are you a good friend? Do you display the characteristics that Solomon recommends for good friendship?

We are reading through the Bible chronologically again this year and we are currently in Proverbs. I absolutely love Proverbs and the way wisdom about several topics is presented. As I have read through them again this year, I see such strong themes for healthy living. Watching your tongue and how you speak, not trusting in wealth, being hardworking and not lazy, being open to correction and discipline for growth, among a few others.

A theme that showed up in today's readings was characteristics of good friendship. As I read through the verses today {and a little ahead}, I saw clear suggestions from Solomon regarding how to be a good friend:

A good friend is loyal (Prov. 17:17).

A good friend forgives faults (Prov. 17:9).

A good friend is careful to not start arguments (Prov. 18:19).

A good friend sticks closer than a brother (Prov. 18:24).

A good friend doesn't just say that they are loyal, they are truly reliable. (Prov. 20:6).

A good friend is honest (Prov. 24:26).

As you read through his suggestions, you see his focus on loyalty and forgiveness and showing oneself to be truly loyal through action and honesty. And also, a good friend is careful with their words.

In my life, I have seen the blessings of friendship. I have seen the beauty of it and the benefits of it. I have also seen how friends {especially friendships between women} can break each other's hearts through selfishness, dishonesty, and disloyalty.

Unfortunately, I don't think we take friendships seriously enough sometimes. We speak carelessly. We disregard the other person's feelings. We are not honest about what might be hurting us. We aren't committed to being loyal through thick and thin. We are selfish. And we hold grudges.

All of which will ruin a friendship.

As you look down this list, ask yourself if you are these things that Solomon recommends for good friendship. Don't fall into the trap of saying, "No one is this way for me." Instead, decide to be the type of friend described here.

Be honest.

Be reliable.

Be loyal.

Be careful with your words.

Be forgiving.

And ultimately, just love in your friendships. Love radically. Love selflessly. Love intentionally. Love generously. Love in overflowing abundance.

Love like Jesus.

Memorize this verse today:

"There are 'friends' who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother."
~Proverbs 18:24

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