In Proverbs 17:7, King Solomon wrote “ a friend loves at all times.” I think it says it all. To have someone who remains true to us in all seasons of our lives is one of life’s blessings but friendship works both ways and how we could develop such close bond requires effort.
Proverbs 18:24 makes an important point when it says “ A man who has friends must himself be friendly.” Friendliness must begin with us. I was naturally an unfriendly person but God had other plans. HE took me out of my comfort zone and placed a handful of strangers in my life. At that point I had to make a choice to be a friend and be there for people I barely know as most of them were in their toughest times. It was inconvenient and unnatural for me to reach out and take extra time to be a friend but God was patient with me during that particular journey.
Now, I can confidently say that God has blessed me when HE placed those strangers in my life as some of them are now my closest friends. Friendships are not found, they are made so whenever you are in a new town, a new workplace or even a new church, reach out and be a friend.
A man who has friends must himself be friendly