A Friend Loveth At All Times

“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

Proverbs 17:17

Who is a friend? A friend is a person whom one knows and with whom has a bond of mutual affection. A friend is someone who has a strong liking for and trust in another person.

1 Thessalonians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 15:33; Colossians 3:13; Ecclesiastes 4:9; Ecclesiastes 4:10; Job 6:14; Job 42:10; Proverbs 16:28; Proverbs 17:9; Proverbs 18:24; Proverbs 27:9; Psalm 133:1; Romans 12:10; 1 Peter 4:8-10; John 15:12-13; Proverbs 17:17; 2 Kings 2:2; Job 2:11; Luke 6:31; Proverbs 19:20; Proverbs 24:5; Proverbs 22:24-25; Proverbs 13:20; Proverbs 14:4-6; Colossians 3:12-14; Proverbs 27:5-6; Ecclesiastes 4:9-10; John 15:12-15; Proverbs 27:17; Job 29:4-6; Proverbs 12:26; James 4:4; Job 16:20-21
Proverbs 27:9

What are characteristics that a good friend should possess?

  • Kindness
  • Honesty
  • Individuality
  • Adventurous
  • Playful
  • Protective
  • Trustworthy
  • Nurturing
  • Good Listener
  • Helpful
  • Clairvoyance
  • Optimistic But Practical
  • Respectful
  • Fearlessly Huggable
  • Open-Hearted
  • You can be Your Real Self around them
  • You can sit in Silence without Awkwardness
  • You are Genuinely Happy for Each Other when Good Things Happen
  • Conversations Goes Beyond Small Talk and “Catching Up”
  • They Confront You if you are Self Sabotaging
  • They Will Encourage rather than Disparage You for trying New Things
  • They will Forgive You for (Almost) Anything
  • You are GenuinelyExcited to See Them
  • You don’t Feel Guilty about Turning Down an Invitation from them
  • You Feel Comfortable Enough to Ask Them a Favor

The qualities of a good friend and true friendship are numerous. The most important qualities for a person to truly be called my friend are: (1) They love and respect you no matter what, (2) They forgive you always without regret, (3) They encourage and build you up, never tear you down, (4) They Listen to you, Cry and Laugh with you, are always there for you, and (5) They pray for you always during the good times and bad.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

John 15:12-13

The Bible has plenty to say on the subjects of friends and friendship. We are to be a friend to everyone, show them love, kindness, and respect. We are to pray for them and forgive always. A true friend always encourages and builds you up. They are they for you through thick and thin, the good and the bad.

Oil and incense
bring joy to the heart,
and the sweetness of a friend
is better than self-counsel.
Proverbs 27:9
The righteous choose
their friends carefully,
but the way of the wicked
leads them astray.
Proverbs 12:26 NIV
My intercessor
is my friend
as my eyes
pour out tears to God;
on behalf of a man
he pleads with God
as one pleads
for a friend.
Job 16:20-21

Jesus Christ is my intercessor, he hears my cries and pleads with God on my behalf. What better friend can I have than Jesus.

https://youtu.be/znWu2HCJ92c What a Friend We have in Jesus song by Alan Jackson.

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer

Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer

Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Charles Converse / Joseph Scriven

God bless. Be a friend. Be kind. Be forgiving. Be there for them no matter what. You never know when you’ll need someone to be there for you. Remember Christ is always there to help you out. God loves you!

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