Proverbs 18:24, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
God made man to spend it with other people. People tend to be happier when they are with other people. One person that no one wants to hand around is someone who is grumpy all the time. Someone who is always angry, upset, or sad. This is not a fun person to be around. Better than any man is the One who is a friend closer than a Brother.
A man who has friends. Unless someone is totally closed off from the world, they have at least one friend. Someone who can be counted on. Someone to talk to. To have more than one friend is so important and can be rare. Friends are there to help through the bad times and rejoice when there are good times. Friends, who are true friends, will pick up a phone call late at night. Be there to listen, even when they have other things to do. Drop everything to come over and help out. That is a friend. Devotion to helping out a fellow-man. That is friendship.
Must himself be friendly. In order to have a friend, you need to be a friend. You need to be willing to do anything for someone as a sign of good faith. This will encourage others to do this for you. This ties into the “love your neighbor” frame of mind. Love finds a way of coming back around. When we love others, we show the love of God. We should want the love of God to be seen at all times. We need to be friendly, even when it is difficult to do.
There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. We have a friend who is perfect. He was all man and is all God. His name is Jesus. He came to Earth. He lived. He died. He rose again. He ascended to Heaven. He is with God the Father again. While on Earth, He befriended many people. In the Holy Spirit (which is one part of God), we have a friend as well. When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are said to have been purified by the blood of Jesus. Jesus shed His blood for our sins and He never did sin. He was the perfect sacrifice. If we ever need someone to talk to and all our friends let us down, He is there for us. He is always there. He is closer than a brother. He is right there with us at all times. Never asleep. Never distant. Never unaware. Turn to Jesus today. He is waiting for you.
Thank You that You sent Your Son to be our best friend. You care about us more than we can ever know. You love us more than we can ever measure. Help us to love You even a small amount of how You love us. You deserve al the praise and honor and glory for being the God that You are. We need You. We ask You to be with us in our times of need and our times of rejoicing.
In Your name we pray,