Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

How many friends do you have that will love you no matter what? And how many brothers do you have that will be there when the going gets tough? This world is becoming more and more anti-community. People put ear phones on to tune out the sounds around them. People are busy texting instead of engaging with those they are with. You can find almost anything you need or want on the internet and never have to leave home to get it.

My wife loves being a part of a team. Everywhere she goes, she tries to form community and togetherness. Boy does she ever get beat up for reaching out to others! The world around us just doesn’t want closeness. Friendship is a dying concept. Now people friend and unfriend each other on social media everyday. But true friendship, Biblical friendship, love you at all times friendship, is rare indeed.

But we as the Body of Christ are to be very different in this regard. We are to be brothers and sisters in Christ. We are to love each other so obviously and so outwardly that people take notice. Our son used to say that he wanted more friends and our answer was always the same. You have to be a friend before expecting others to be your friend.

How are you doing at loving at all times? What about being there in the good times and bad for others? How about being the first one to show up when someone else hits rock bottom? Who has God put in your life today that needs a friend? Go be that friend!