Proverbs 18:24(ESV). A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother
If you are a user of Facebook you will understand that having lots of Facebook friends and getting people to put “likes” on your Facebook posts can become very addictive and for some, even damaging. You may get a few feelings of being popular for a day or so, but it is not really true friendship as the Bible talks about it.
Yesterday I went out for an early evening walk with a friend who had been very supportive to me over many years. Over the last months we had not contacted one another, and a few misunderstandings had developed. As we talked and walked, our differences were resolved and we both felt our friendship being restored. We finished by praying for one another. It was a very upbuilding experience. I came home feeling understood and encouraged.
The verse from Proverbs is often used to point to Jesus, which is a good application of the verse. He sticks closer than any brother. It is also a scripture that encourages us to develop close and meaningful friendships that will help us share our lives and see us through difficult times.
Jesus had disciples that were very close to him and one that was probably his closest friend. At the same time, he loved the crowds. It is easy to let our friendships drift or even fall away through lack of contact. This may be a season to restore those positive friendships you once had, or even start the process of being a friend.