I received this text last week from someone I know going thru a really hard and challenging time in their life. It came out of the blue and when I read it initially I was honored. But as I was praying for this person the Father brought to my heart
Proverbs 17:17, "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."
In a time when relationships are suffering from the lack of love, loyalty, and covenant commitment I felt the need to release this thought.
My friend is going thru a very trying time and it's my inherent born duty to love her thru the good (because they have had some) and to also love them thru the very bad struggle days. And not just love them, but to show up on the frontline in whatever capacity I can to help them to secure victory in this battle called life. This is what a friend is born to do. We don't see much of this in our day and time, people lack understanding and empathy. They are finnicky and will not be inconvenienced if it doesn't benefit them. Aristotle wrote that a friend is "a single soul in two bodies.” That means friends are kindred spirits, whose souls are “knit together.” Friendships like this will endure, even through the intensity of the ebbs and flows that will occur in life.
Are you that friend that "sticks closer than a brother" in the ebbs and flows of life or are you that friend that "sees the need," yet close your heart against them" as you have your own stuff to deal with? Trust me I have my own stuff and could easily use that as an excuse to not be in the battle with them. But I am reminded that,
"There is no greater love than a friend that lays down their life for a friend.
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