Definition of a friend
“According to the 1828 Webster Dictionary, one who is attached to another by affection; one who entertains for another sentiments of esteem, respect and affection, which lead him to desire his company, and to seek to promote his happiness and prosperity; opposed to foe or enemy.”
I have experienced ups and downs of friendships, or what I thought were friendships. People are so quick to use the term “friend”, but the word “friend” is not a term of endearment. It is an earned title to a person who has been with you through adversity as well as the good times . The bible says in Proverbs 17:17, A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. This verse sums up what a friend really should be in our lives. These are individuals are never conditional toward you. They love you no matter what; they are someone who always love you from stem to stern. There is always transparency between you and these individuals. They will never deliberately hurt you and cause you to stumble. You notice the verse says a friend loves you at all times. Not sometimes, not only when there are good times, but all times. Let me make this simple, this person always strive to be unconditional, loving, giving, altruistic and noncompetitive. Friends are meant to enhance, not to hinder you. The rest of the verse says that a brother is born for adversity; in the 1828 Webster Dictionary, Adversity means an event, or series of events, which oppose success or desire; misfortune; calamity; affliction; distress; state of unhappiness. Notice the bible says a brother is born for adversity. ONLY a brother is equipped to go through battle alongside you. The scripture puts friend and brother in the same context. A friend is your brother or sister that stands with you in the mist of turmoil, pain and discomfort. There is no judgment in the heart of a friend, they are there to pick you up when you fall or stumble. A brother understands what it takes to win and how to overcome adversity. If you have two to three individuals like this, then you are blessed person. Promoting happiness and prosperity is a priority in the heart of a true friend. Adversity has a way identifying who your true friends are. When the dust settles, who is there standing alongside you? When the going gets tough, who gets going? Not a brother or a friend, maybe an associate, an acquaintance or a pretender? It is my prayer that you get the revelation of friendships, relationships and brotherhood from God’s perspective. In Amos 3:3, Can two walk together except they be agreed because true friendships are harmonious and powerful love bond that harbors supernatural strength to conquer and overcome all the works of the enemy. Friendships are a gift from God and the only way they can be successful if you only do it His way. Be blessed!