The circle of influence in every person’s life has degrees. There are the real friends, in the fullest sense of the word. Other than our spouse, few of us have those kind of friends—the kind who deserve every sacrifice of love we can give them. “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother,” says Solomon (18:24). Then there are the brothers and sisters in our congregation and a few other friends who have a connection to us that is deeper than mere acquaintance. To these we should be loyal and loving, as Yeshua loves (see John 13:34). We should not fail to be there for them if they need us. Finally, there are others who are really just acquaintances. To these, and even to strangers, we should show kindness, loving them as we love ourselves (see Lev. 19:18). Let us be the friends who were “born for the day of adversity” (Mishlei 17:17).
 Leman, D. (1999). Proverbial Wisdom & Common Sense: A Messianic Jewish Approach to Today’s Issues from the Proverbs (131). Baltimore, MD: Messianic Jewish Publishers.
Published on Monday, March 3, 2014 @ 4:31 AM CDT