Are You A True Friend?
9 Oil and perfume make the heart glad,
so a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend.
We should always be truthful, loyal, and faithful to our dear friends.
There is an old song by Twila Paris that says,
“You are a true friend, Pointing me to Him,
Lifting my downcast eyes, Turning my wondering gaze to the sky
Proving your love again, you are a true friend.”
I am very blessed to have a few friends that come to mind when I read this Proverb and the words to this song. One friend, in particular, is always there for me when I need encouragement and support. I can share my deepest concerns with him, knowing that he will not divulge my secrets or make fun of me because of my anxieties. I value his wisdom and I often go to him for advice. He is a true “Bud”.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could say that of ourselves as we interact with our friends and brothers and sisters in Christ? But oft times we ridicule them and tear them down. Or even worse, we talk about their short comings in front of other people (maybe to make us look better). How sad.
Our conversation and counsel should be as pleasant as a sweet perfume or incense. It should edify them, bring joy to their hearts and exhilarate their spirit. We should always be willing to help in times of trouble and keep confidential conversations that could hurt them or their reputation. Our Christian influence and the value of our friendship will be measured by these characteristics.
Questions To Ponder
Can your friends depend on you to be faithful in your counsel to them?
Scripture Memory | March | Proverbs 21:30-31
“No human wisdom or understanding or plan
can stand against the Lord.
The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
but the victory belongs to the Lord.”