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“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17)

Someone once wrote, “A friend is one who comes in when the whole world walks out.” There are pearls of wisdom spoken into our lives by our parents which remain embedded in our minds to this day. I remember distinctly my mother speaking to me when I was feeling sorry for myself about lacking some close friends at the time. She said, “Boy, to have friends, you have to be a friend!” Wiser words were never spoken.

When we read verses like this, we often go to the place of examining how many people we could call to help us if we were really in a tough place. Those kinds of friends, who don’t have to know all of the details or even if they do, would not hold it against us or withdraw their love, are few and far between. If you have at least one good friend in your life, consider yourself blessed. Notice in this passage, it’s not about a lot of friends, but “a friend.” Recall how that friendship was forged. It was probably created because you stepped into their life when they needed someone with skin on and who knew how to use their ears twice as much as they used their tongue.

Today, there is someone out there, who will cross your path in great poverty. You got it. It’s not about money; it’s about relationship. God knows how to use His children as His arms in a real-life way. In fact, you may be the answer to someone’s prayer of friendship. Remember, friendship is forged in the fire. Don’t be afraid to get close to someone’s smoke or flames. Be there for them, and in the day you have need, you will be the recipient of someone walking into your life, when everyone else has vacated the building. Friend: I pray you have one and are one!

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