"There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother." Proverbs 18.24. The friend who has stuck closer than my brother is Jesus. My brother has always been close. My family and relatives are also friends but this is not about them.
God has given me some true friends over the years. For them I am most grateful to God. I need to be able to trust some people at least. My family and relatives are also my friends.
Since chilldhood a few friends came into and out of my life. Some are still popping in and out. It is always good to see them, to find out how other mutual friends are and recounting funny times in the past.
Since becoming a Christian in 1987 I made two strong Christian friends in Norwich, Mary and Robert. Robert is in touch now and then. Both have probably prayed thousands of prayers up for me, and done me a lot of good. Highly valued. Robert has encouraged me no end. He really started me off writing for God.
Around 2001 Jane came into my life and she has been a stalwart friend now for over a decade. She has prayed endless prayers for me, listened to me, and encouraged me in many ways. From her I get quite a bit of Christian input, like Christian magazines to read and music to listen to.
Since 1987 I always seem to have at least one Christian friend nearby. But never a lot together. Maybe that is all I need.
There are many other friends at other levels. Some are deep, meaningful friends, some always there for you, and some I am happy to see when I do.
My friends have done infinite things for me for free. Their wisdom and friendship is highly valued. This article has not spoken of them highly enough.
Imagine what I should be saying of Jesus as a friend. A whole lot more. Words would not do justice to describe Jesus's friendship.
My friends have enriched me a lot. Their life experience differs from mine and because of that their input into my life is often from a different angle to mine and hence interesting to me.
It is most likely that God chooses my friends for me. Before anyone becomes my friend, there has to be trust, ease, mutual respect and a natural friendliness. All the things you expect from a family member.