“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.”
Proverbs 17:17 HCSB
What does it look like to you for a friend to love you at all times? What does it look like for you to love your friend at all times? What happens if both parties are going through very difficult seasons which are so energy absorbing there is nothing left to give your hurting friend? Sometimes we have to adjust our thinking about what friendship looks like. One person may climb inside a safe cocoon and keep people out during rough times. Another may do the very opposite and reach out a great deal. And, as people grow and change, the way they respond to stressors changes. Are you a friend whose skin is thin and fragile, easily irritated when others don’t respond the way you think they should to your needs? Or do you set aside your own issues to see that your friend may also be dealing with problems you know nothing about?
There will be seasons in most friendships. Warm “sunny” days of laughter and play, and cooler more remote seasons of hibernation while regrouping from a frosty trial. A true friend may have to confront you and hold you accountable instead of tickling your ears with what you want to hear. And the very best kind of friend will point you to the cross of Christ in good times and bad.🚦
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