During 2022 and early 2023 I have experienced what in the Bible is called “friend who sticks closer than a brother” in Proverbs 18:24.
And I had never understood exactly what that was like. I mean, are these friends really closer than my brother? How do I find a friend like that? There were always questions that hovered in my head.
In the last two years I started to understand better.
How is a friend closer than a sibling?
Do you know that friend you can just count on for everything? That’s the kind of friend that is like a brother. A friend who is there to listen, advise, help in moments of anguish, but I believe that mainly, the one who takes you closer to Jesus.
I found friends who truly pray for me, just as I pray for them. This is not just any friendship. It was in a service when we took each other’s hands, formed a circle and started to pray, that I began to see how healthy and wonderful it was to be with them.
If you’ve already met a friend or a few friends of this type, maybe when it happened you weren’t even expecting such a friendship. But surely the Lord sent this or these people with special purposes. Friends are gifts from God, especially those who remain in victory and defeat, in falling and rising, helping us to see the presence of the Father.
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.”– Proverbs 17:17
Take time to thank the Lord for these friends. Pray too that you can be a person who loves and take others closer to Jesus. If you have been feeling alone on the journey, pray that the Lord will bring people together who can make a difference in your life. There is something precious and special that God wants to bestow on you through other people. May you make a difference in someone’s life too.
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