Loyal Friendship

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Daily Reading: 1 Chronicles 9:1-10:14, Acts 27:21-44, Psalm 8:1-9, Proverbs 18:23-24

Daily Verse: “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Prov. 18:24

Loyal friendship.

One reliable and trustworthy friend has more value than a billion acquaintances. Just because you know many people doesn’t mean they will go the distance when things get tough. Surface friendships only use people to meet their needs; true friends put others first.

When life takes you into the valley, it weeds out your friends. True friends walk through the bad times with you; surface relationships scatter like seeds in the wind. Don’t waste time worrying about the people who only care about themselves. 

Reliable friends stick closer than a brother. Think of the people you could call at 2:00 a.m. that would answer the phone and help you in your time of need. Invest in those relationships, centering on them God, and building a support system that works both ways. A cord of three strands doesn’t break.

We need friends, ones we can rely upon during the storms of life. You possess a rare treasure if you have one friend who sticks closer than a brother. Become the type of friend you want, and invest in life-giving relationships that support you.

Lord, forgive us for spending too much time in surface relationships. Help us develop deeper relationships with others as we pursue You.  Show us the path we should take that leads to a life lived fully with others on the same journey. IJNIP. Amen

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