"A friend loveth at all times . . ."
"A man void of understanding striketh hands,
and becometh surety in the presence of his friend."
Proverbs 17:17-18
FRIEND!........What a precious word.
One of the privileges of friendship is being able to speak frankly. Little by little, and day by day, we become accustomed to saying what we think we ought to say instead of what we really think. How comfortable and how pleasant it is to speak freely without having to be on guard. As the Arabian says, "A friend is one to whom we may pour out the contents of our hearts, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away."
Another privilege of friendship is that of being understood. Perhaps it was this quality which caused someone to write about how animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions; they pass along no criticisms. Understanding is to be expected of friends. Total agreement and acceptance? Not necessarily! As one anonymous writer has said, "The strength and sweetness of friendship depends on sincerity tempered by sympathy."
Another privilege of friendship is the privilege of silence. If one is but a mere acquaintance we feel that we must talk. So we turn to such exciting subjects as the weather, our health, etc. But what a joy it is to have a friend that will even understand your silence and not say, "My friend is not my friend anymore because she is not talking."
Friends have mutual interests. They enjoy doing the same kinds of things, and talking about their shared interests. Friends are mutually devoted to each other. When you are in trouble, it is not merely your friend's duty but their privilege to stand by. If they are in trouble, you count it a privilege to help.
Friendship is all of this..........and a whole lot more! But now it causes one to ask:
"Are God and I friends?"
May we all spend time with our dearest, loving Friend, Jesus. He wants us to confide in Him too!
JESUS is Our One True Friend!
(Inspired of God)

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 "My One True Friend"