‘A friend loves at all times…’ (Proverbs 17:17)
What is friendship and what are our hopes – our expectations – of those we think of as our friends? How do we behave towards those whom we consider to be our friends? In the same way that we expect them to behave towards us?
According to the proverb a true friend loves at all times – at all times! How then does this affect our understanding and our belief as to what friendship is all about? The reality is that there are times when we all fail to love others at all times. Because we are only humans there are times when we react to others in ways that we should not, if only for a short while. It’s then we need to remember verses like this – but also the opening words from that much loved hymn, What a friend we have in Jesus…
We will never be perfect, but if we can remember this we can all be more like the kind of friends that our Lord would have us be – following His example as best we can and sharing His love with all.