Friend Me

What makes a good friend? On the other hand, should the question be what is a friend? Is a friend someone who takes over your everyday jobs when you are sick? Who babysits your kids when you need a break? Who lends an ear when that is all you need? Who challenges you to be a better you? Or, who is not afraid to tell you the truth about yourself and loves you anyway? In a society that is continually driven to social media, texting, and emailing as a way to stay connected, we tend to overlook the true meaning of the word friend. Facebook does not give a definition of the word but does allow you to add friends, block friends, even remove them at your choosing. Merriam-Webster does describe friend as a person who has a strong liking for and trust in another, using synonyms such as amigo, buddy, chum, compadre, confidante, crony, familiar, mate [chiefly British], musketeer, and pal. In Job 2:11-13 we see Job’s friends drop everything in order to comfort him. Acts 28:15   tells how a friend can be encouraging. In addition, Acts 12:12-19  shows how we may not be able to be near during a time of need but we can support our friend in prayer. Being a friend is more than the click of a button on a social web page; it takes action and much effort. However, the blessing is more important than the effort because a friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find and fortunate to have because of his/her rarity.

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