"One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24
The question today is not do you have any true friends. The question today is this: Are you a true friend? A true friend is one "who sticks closer than a brother." God saw the need for companionship way back in creation when He created the man. Even after being placed in a beautiful garden, after being given all the animals and all the plants, and even after being given responsibility, the man needed a "suitable helper." God met the need of the man.
God has continued meeting the need of mankind with friendship. He gave us His Son to save us from our sins and restore us into a relationship with Himself. I love what John 15:13-17 says: "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit - fruit that will last - and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other." Isn't it awesome to know that in Jesus we have a true friend! It is also awesome to know that He has given us the capacity to be a true friend, as well. It is a choice that we have to make. We have to choose to be obedient to His commands. We have to choose to love one another. Today, will you choose to be a true friend to those who need one?