There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24 (NLT).
Real friends stick closer than a brother. They are always in your corner. They’ve got your back. They don’t talk bad about you when you’re not around and they don’t let others do it either. They make it a point to say hi to you when they’re in your vicinity and ask you how you’re doing. They call you. They text you. They email you. They write you. They visit you. They get in touch with you some kind of way on a regular basis because you are important to them. They don’t ignore you when you’re in the same building with them. They seek you out. They pray for you and are there when the chips are down helping with whatever needs done. They don’t run out on you in your time of need, or ignore your phone calls or texts or emails. They listen to you. They make you a priority in their life. No matter how busy you are, they always make time for you. They tell you the truth when they know you need to hear it, and they forgive you quickly if you hurt their feelings. What’s more, they accept you “faults and all” and don’t define you by your failures.
Friends like these are few in life.
You see, people who blow you off, or ignore you, or criticize you behind your back, or don’t show up when you need help, or take no interest in your life or how you’re feeling or what’s important to you, or make excuses for not talking to you are not friends. They may say they are, but they aren’t. They’re just phonies. Real friends don’t do those things.
So, thank God today for the real friends you have. They are treasures to cherish.