As far back as creation, God declared that "it is not good for man to be alone." (Gen. 2:18), We were created for relationship with the Lord and each other. Although the rugged individualist has been promoted as an American hero, such self-sufficiency leads to relational poverty. Scripture offers insightful glimpses into the benefits of having a faithful friend in a time of need.
-Examples of Rich Friendships:
*Despite threats by his own father-King Saul- jonathan remained a loyal friend to David. (1 Sam. 18:1-4; 19:1-7; 20:1-42).
*Nathan was willing to deliver a difficult reproof to david when he needed correction (2 Sam. 12:1-13).
*Daniel and his three friends came together in a time of danger to see God's deliverance (Dan. 2:12-19).
*the paralytic's friends carried him and persevered in bringing him to Jesus for help (Luke 5:17-20).
*Paul's friends sought to protect him from harm and cared for him when he was imprisoned (Acts 19:31; 24:23; 27:3).
Because the church has been called to interdependence, being a friend in the time of a person's need is exactly what Christians are commanded to do.
Consider the similarities between these Old Testament descriptions of a faithful friend and the New Testament's instructions for believers.
Characteristics of a Good Friend:
*loves as all times (Prov. 17:17; 1 Cor. 13:4-8)
*sticks closer than a brother (Prov. 18:24; Eph. 4:1-3)
*shows compassion in times of suffering (Ps. 35:13-14; Rom. 12:15)
*does not slander or tear down but speaks gracious words that edify (Ps. 15:3; Eph. 4:29)
*Shows kindness that encourages faithfulness to God (Job 6:14; Col. 3:12-14)
*Intercedes in prayer (Job 42:10; Eph. 6:18)
*can be trusted, even when speaking hard truths (Prov. 27:6; Gal. 6:1-2)
~Becoming a faithful friend involves making others a top priority. What activities compete for your time and hinder you from being a friend to someone in need?
-this was taken from a bible study sent to me by a dear friend. I know not the author.