May 27, 2024


Proverbs 18:24 - A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.


Proverbs 18:24 teaches us an important lesson about friendship. The first part of the verse warns that having many companions or casual acquaintances can lead to ruin. Perhaps this is because shallow friendships don't provide the support and accountability we need. They may even lead us astray if we're overly concerned with pleasing people or trying to 'fit in' with the crowd. In contrast, the second part of the verse celebrates the blessing of a true, devoted friend - someone who 'sticks closer than a brother.' This implies that the bond of genuine friendship can be even stronger than family ties. It brings to mind the friendship between David and Jonathan in the Old Testament, whose souls were 'knit together' in a covenant relationship. Ultimately, we can apply this verse to our relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the ultimate friend who stays closer than a brother. He laid down his life for us, demonstrating the depths of his love. He remains faithful even when human friends may fail us. The Bible says there is no greater love than laying down one's life for one's friends, which is exactly what Jesus did for us. While God places people in our lives to bless us with the gift of friendship, only Jesus can perfectly fulfill our need for relationship. He invites us into intimate fellowship with himself. In a world of shallow acquaintances and broken relationships, we can find security in an unbreakable relationship with our Savior. Earthly friends are a wonderful blessing, but only Christ can be our all in all. As we abide in friendship with him, he will lead us into other relationships that bring him glory. So while we should certainly cultivate deep friendships, let's remember that Jesus is the only perfectly faithful friend. May we find our complete sufficiency in him, even as we enjoy the company of the friends he gives us.


This proverb causes me to reflect on the state of my own friendships. Am I seeking to have many casual companions, or am I investing in a few deep, meaningful friendships? The world may tell us that a large social circle equals success and popularity. Social media tempts us to collect 'friends' and 'followers.' But God's Word reminds us that quality is more important than quantity when it comes to relationships. One genuine, godly friend is of far greater value than a multitude of shallow acquaintances. I think of Jesus, who invested deeply in twelve disciples rather than seeking to please the crowds. He models for us what it looks like to be a true friend - laying down his life in sacrificial love. When I evaluate my friendships in light of Jesus' example, I'm challenged to go deeper. To seek out friends who will point me to Christ, even when it's uncomfortable. To be the type of friend who is faithful and present, both in times of celebration and adversity. To prioritize the few relationships God has placed in my life, rather than chasing after superficial connections. More than anything, this verse makes me profoundly grateful for the gift of Christ's friendship. When other relationships may falter, he remains steadfast. When I am unlovable, he loves me unconditionally. When I am weak, he is strong on my behalf. There is no friend more faithful, more sacrificial, or more understanding than Jesus. He is the friend who stays closer than a brother, perfectly meeting the needs of my soul. In a world of shallow relationships and frequent disappointments, what a comfort it is to know that I have an unshakeable friend in Christ. May I never take for granted the privilege it is to know him and be known by him. Let me find my deepest fulfillment in friendship with Jesus, even as I seek to reflect his character in my earthly relationships. I want to be the type of friend who sticks closer than a brother, pointing others to the Savior who will never leave them or forsake them. Jesus, thank you for the gift of your steadfast friendship. Help me to find my complete satisfaction in you.


Heavenly Father, Thank you for the gift of friendship. I praise you for the people you have placed in my life to encourage, challenge, and support me. Most of all, I thank you for the perfect friendship of your Son, Jesus Christ. He is the ultimate friend who sticks closer than a brother. When human relationships fail, Jesus remains faithful. When others abandon me, he stands by my side. When I am unlovable, he loves me unconditionally. There is no friend more devoted or more sacrificial than Christ. Forgive me for the times I have prioritized shallow acquaintances over deep, meaningful friendships. Forgive me for seeking to please people rather than finding my complete acceptance in you. Forgive me for not always being the kind of faithful friend that Jesus models. Lord, help me to invest deeply in the friendships you have given me. Give me the courage to be transparent and real, even when it's messy. Help me to love sacrificially, laying down my life for my friends as Jesus did. May my friendships be centered on Christ, spurring one another on towards love and good deeds. Above all, help me to cultivate an intimate friendship with Jesus. Let me abide in him, finding my deepest needs met in his unfailing love. May I never take for granted the wonder of being called his friend. Help me to know him more each day. Thank you that because of Christ, I never have to be alone. I have a friend who stays closer than a brother, both now and forevermore. It's in his faithful name I pray, Amen.

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Kindred spirits, bound by a love that transcends.

Kindred spirits, bound by a love that transcends.

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