Summary: A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. (Proverbs 17:17NLT)
A True Friend loves at all Times Part-1
Open your Bibles to Proverbs 17:17
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (NIV)
A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. (NLT)
Did you know that the deepest need of the human heart is for real relationship and love?
Did you know that Deep and meaningful relationships and friendship make life most beautiful of all?
Deep within the human heart is a primal desire for love and friendship that echoes the passion of its Creator. These aspirations, that we tend to think are unique to the human spirit, mirror the heart-passion of God, our Creator, who actively seeks friendship with his creation. This is reflected in His relationship with Adam as they walked and talked together in the garden "in the cool of the day." The effects called fear, guilt and loneliness was first felt when that friendship was broken because of Adam's sin, and there, for the first time, the voice of God was heard throughout the garden, "Adam where are you?" Why are you fearful and alone? Ever since then, God has sought to bring man back into that cool of the day fellowship with Him.
How can we find true friendship in this often phony, temporary world? Friendship involves recognition or familiarity with another's personality. The “friend” part seems fairly straight forward, that as believers, our friendships are to be based upon commitment, not circumstance. We are committed to our friends and remain committed in both good times and bad. Being a “brother” is a level much deeper than being a “friend”. You see, it’s in the times of great adversity that we need the greatest amount of support from our natural and spiritual families. What is adversity anyway? It is hardship, difficulty, danger; unfavorable experiences and yes even great suffering. So if your brother or sister is facing such adversity in life, know this: you were born into this world, for this moment in time, for the purpose of being there and supporting your brother. This is the calling of everyone that calls themself a Christian, or as we see in the Bible, is called to be a saint of God. Is someone in your life facing a serious trial or situation? You were born for this moment, to lift them up and help as no one else can. Among the various titles by which Christians were called in the New Testament surely the most wonderful is that given by the Lord Jesus - "Ye are my friends":
Friends often share likes and dislikes, interests, pursuits, and passion. How can we recognize True friendship? As we know generally True friendships consist of a mutual desire for companionship and perhaps a common bond of some kind. Beyond that, genuine friendship involves a shared sense of caring and concern, a desire to see one another grow and develop, and a hope for each other to succeed in all aspects of life. True friendship involves action: doing something for someone else while expecting nothing in return; sharing thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment or negative criticism. The greatest characteristic of friendship is loyalty.