In the first part of this two-part series, we covered a number of areas where we have to be careful about the company we keep. Let us move on to the question of friends.
Our good and true friends are those who will be with us in the bad times as well as in good times. They will not be fair-weather friends. We have to be aware of the admonition in Proverbs 16:28: “A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends.”
Proverbs 17:17 states that “A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.” A friendship that is underpinned by God’s Holy Spirit and the love of God will be able to withstand the inevitable ups and downs that life throws at us. The Free Dictionary states that “Human beings necessarily depend on one another, as you can’t manage all by yourself; no man is an island. This expression is a quotation from John Donne’s Devotions (1624).”
A very important and vital part of the company we keep is outlined in Proverbs 27:6: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Very often, we can bridle when we are told something that…