I’m not talking about the TV show called “Friends” however, my topic is similar. I remember when I was in the second grade my school teacher was trying to help our class remember what letter comes first the letter “i” or the letter “e” when spelling friend. She shared a little phrase with the class that I still remember today and use to make sure I spell “friend” correctly. The phrase goes like this “A true friend is a friend until the end” and the word end is the last three letters of the word “friend”.
Well how many true friends do you have? I hope many and you continue to make new friends. “Experts” claim due to our mobile society the average person changes their portfolio of friends every ten to twelve years. If this is accurate then friends don’t last to the end anymore which is a sad fact or at minimum a sad statement.
Let’s talk about a friend to the end. A friend to the end is someone who will be at your side through good times and bad to the very last moment. When you have money and when you don’t. When you’re feeling your best or worst they’re always a phone call or text away. In any given moment you can count on them to help you when you’re stranded due to car problems. If you need cash they’re ready to lend you $50 or $100 because they know you’re good for it. It’s someone you can talk to about anything because they can relate and they really care.
In the Bible Proverbs Chapter 17:17 we read “A friend loves at all times” which describes the heart of a friend. Friendships can be difficult to cultivate and develop sometimes but don’t be discouraged and don’t give up. Proverbs 24:24 says “A man that has friends must show himself friendly” which encourages us to display the same traits and characteristics we would like to see in a friend. The verse continues to say “there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother”. I believe this suggest that Jesus Christ is that friend that sticks closer than a brother. There are times when we are so discouraged, lost, hurting, lonely, confused or depressed that we can’t even begin to share with someone else. “The friend that sticks closer than a brother” Jesus Christ is the friend we can call upon and share what’s on our heart and mind. When we talk to Jesus openly and honestly about our needs with sincerity amazing changes begin to develop. Like most friendships the more we discuss and share the greater the friendship. Jesus wants to be your friend … friend to the end!