February 27, 2024


Proverbs 17:17 - A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.


This Bible reading from Proverbs 17:17 emphasizes the importance of true friendship that endures through all circumstances. A true friend loves at all times, not just when it is convenient. This kind of faithful friendship reflects the love of Jesus Christ. Though we may fail one another, He demonstrated perfect love by laying down His life for us. The reading also states that a brother is born for adversity. This indicates that family should stand by one another through difficult seasons of life. But the Bible reminds us that there is one who sticks closer than a brother - Jesus Himself. As wonderful as earthly relationships can be, only He can fill the deepest needs of our hearts. The additional passages provided give more insight into godly friendship. We are exhorted not to forsake longstanding friends of our family (Prov. 27:10). The wounds of a friend are faithful, because they lovingly point out sin in our lives (Prov. 27:6). While the kisses of an enemy hide deceit. Proverbs 18:24 tells us there is value in having multiple friends, but no human companionship can compare to friendship with Christ. The Luke 11 passage displays Jesus teaching His disciples about persistence in prayer. Although an earthly friend may eventually grant a request just to make someone stop asking, God answers prayer because of His great love for His children.


As I reflect on the topic of friendship in light of these verses, I'm reminded not to take relationships for granted. It's easy to grow distracted and fail to invest in others. But we all desperately need love and support to make it through this broken world. I want to follow Jesus' example by pouring out His love to everyone around me. I'm also challenged to cling to the Lord through seasons of adversity when I feel alone. Emotions may whisper that He has abandoned me, but I know His word says otherwise. He promises never to leave or forsake me, and to give me strength for each new day. Jesus understands heartache and betrayal firsthand. He is the faithful friend I can run to with all my hurts and struggles. Finally, this passage inspires me to faithfully intercede for loved ones in prayer. While perseverance doesn't earn God's favor, He invites me to freely make my requests known before His throne of grace. He cares about the details of my life and relationships. As I lift up friends and family to the Lord, I can trust Him to work powerfully on their behalf in His perfect timing.


Lord Jesus, thank You for demonstrating perfect love by sacrificing Yourself for me. Forgive me for the times I've neglected relationships with others. Help me to faithfully love and serve my friends. Give me wisdom to know when I need to gently speak truth to them, and when I should just listen and comfort. I pray You would strengthen my closest friendships to reflect the unity among believers that You desire. Thank You for always being my faithful Friend, even when I don't deserve it. I love You Lord. In Your name, Amen.

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United in Christ's love, we walk together through joy and sorrow.

United in Christ's love, we walk together through joy and sorrow.

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