Do you have many friends? If you immediately thought of how many people that you have interacting with you on your Facebook page, you might have to re-think your definition of a friend.
The Word of God does not define a friend as someone who will take a minute or two in the convenience of their car, home or workplace to exchange a couple of lines of communication. A friend is someone that will come to your aid at 3:00 AM to help you fix a flat tire. The Bible describes this relationship quality as loyalty. In fact, look at the dynamics that are expressed in Proverbs 18:24 - “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Being part of a crowd of people is not a substitute for friendship. Real friends are those who stick close to us. They listen and truly care about our well being. They respond when real help is needed. They are loyal. They are there for us in the mountaintops and valleys of life. They are not superficial. They “STICK” closer to us than perhaps even some of our own family members. Biblical friendship is focused on quality not quantity. The kind of quality that Jonathan expressed about David when he said in I Samuel 18:1
Once again, we ask ourselves, do we have many friends AND are we a true friend?
Blessings, Dr. Joe