Keller: Having true friendships can greatly enrich your life

Published 12:06 am Saturday, September 26, 2015

Many years ago, when I was in the insurance business and running in the fast lane, a friend of mine, while socializing, said, “You seem to have many friends.”

I proudly agreed. He then startled me and said, “If a man has three true friends, he is a rich man.”

Over the years, I’ve had many acquaintances, but very few friends.  Today, I feel like I have four.

What is a true friend? A friend is a rare person who asks how you are and then waits to hear the answer.

A friend knocks before entering, not after leaving.

A friend is a person who can step on your toes without messing up your shine.

A friend cares.

A friend can laugh with you and cry with you and not be embarrassed to do either one.

A friend is honestly interested in everything about you and can be trusted with the most private information in the world.

A friend wants you to be closer to Christ than to them.

A friend speaks to you when others won’t.

A friend knows all your faults, but likes you because of your heart.

Study the above. Don’t ask yourself how many friends you have; ask yourself how many people you are befriending.

In Proverbs, God’s Word shares the following:

“A friend loves at all times…”  Proverbs 17:17

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly…” Proverbs 18:24

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful…” Proverbs 27:6t    

The best vitamin for making true friends is B1.

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