I value my "true" friendships very highly. If I have the means and abilities, there is nothing I won't do for my friends and they know it.
That's why I'm cut to the quick when someone I thought was a friend turns out to be nothing more than an acquaintance.
My friends and I share the same kind of friendship that King David and Jonathan had. We love each other and want what is best for one another. We keep each ones integrity in tact and even admonish and rebuke one another if need be without the other taking offense but then that's what real friends do.
Prov. 9:8 Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you;
Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
Prov. 27:5, 6
5 Open rebuke is better
Than love carefully concealed.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
EDIT: I just received this from one of my friends and thought I would share it. It pertains to the subject at hand.
Think about this for a minute ....
If I happened to show up on your door step crying,
Would you Care?
If I called you and asked you to pick me up because
Would you come?
If I had one day left, to live my life;
Would you be part of That last day?
If I needed a shoulder to cry on,
Would you give me Yours?
This is a test to see who your real friends are or
if you are just some one to talk to when they are bored.
Do you know what the relationship is between your two eyes?
They blink together, they move together, they cry together,
They see things together and they sleep together,
BUT THEY NEVER SEE EACH OTHER... that's what friendship is.
Life is lonely without FRIENDS.
The New Open Bible Study Edition, NKJV
· 1 decade ago