James 4:4; "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God". The adulterers and adulteresses that is spoken of here is the 'friendship of the world' meaning unfaithfulness to God and the pledge of commitment to Him. The friendship of the world enjoys the world's sin, values, and the evil pleasures. The friend of God is just the opposite; they enjoy the things of the Lord. Their enjoyment is doing things for the Lord and His children; they want things that are righteous. Is your friends the friend of the world or are they the friends of God?
Proverbs 17:17; "A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity". A friend will love you all of the time even when you make a mistake and will stand by your side; he is there to help you. No matter what the circumstances they will be by your side.
Ecclesiastes 4:9; "Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. v.10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up". Friendships have many advantages; God didn't want us to live without having fellowship with another. Friends give us love, help and support, we all need this. We also need the daily companionship of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Nothing is complete without them. Jesus Christ is our true friend. There is none better than what He is. Never let Him go.
A true friend will help you in all circumstances even if they know you really don't want to hear what they are going to say. They say it to you because they know it will help you in some way. A true friend will tell you even if you will be upset about it and possibly be angry with them because you mean a lot to them. A person that says they are your friend but won't help you in this manner is actually not a good friend.
A true friend wants you around all the time and there are the ones that only want you around to use you to get what they want.
My true friend is the Lord Jesus Christ. He gave me Dave for another friend and then Debi, my daughter, and then all of my family. I also have Pat, a friend from high school; she has stuck with me through many years. I have the best friends a person could ask for and I praise the Lord for each of them.
Which kind of a friend do you want? Do you want the kind that really loves you and cares what happens to you or the kind that will just have you around until your usefulness is over?
May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord!