Proverbs 17:17 "A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born from adversity."
The Bible has much to say about friends. Abraham was a friend of God in James 2:23 "And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God." We need to be more like Abraham and be a friend to God. Jesus was criticized as being a friend of sinners...but not a friend of sin. There are friends who will lead you astray like Jonadab did in II Samuel 13:3 "But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man." These are not real friends...but devils in disguise. Jesus called His disciples friends...if they would obey His commands in John 15:15 "Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you." He said He revealed the Father to His friends. I want a close fellowship with Jesus and my Heavenly Father.
There are those few friends that love at all times. Proverbs 17:17 "A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." They are friends that will not forsake you. Proverbs 27:10 "Thine own friend, and they father's friend, forsake not;..." And there is the friend that is closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."
I have had many friends to forsake me...but never the Lord Jesus Christ. I have also had the blessing of those special friends that God sent by at my darkest hours. Thank God for those friends. I want to be that kind of friend. Some of you might say..."Well...I don't have friends like that". A man that has friends must show himself friendly. The thing to do is to strive to be a friend. We must desire to be a friend of Jesus and to those in need...and also a friend to sinners. We are not to hang out and fellowship with sinners...but we are to be a friend to them. Be there for them when they need you. We must tell them about and show them the love of Christ. What kind of friend are you?