By: Tim Sader
Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable? (Proverbs 20:6)
I had many friends while living in the apartment building of them Myleah and I were closest of all. It took a while before I had another best friend after we moved away. I went through two years in a house that was increasingly hard for me to get around in and I was at a school where I didn’t know anyone. Because of my trouble walking I felt more like the class service project at times than I did an average fourth grader. Finally we moved into a one story house but it meant changing schools again at the time of the biggest change in my life. After about a year using my wheelchair at school only; at home I could barely walk from room to room without having to sit down. It came to a point where I couldn’t get around without my wheelchair. At that time it was the hardest thing I ever had to do. I got through it by seeing that kids still wanted to be my friend even though I was different. Some kids only liked me because I was different and some kids made fun of me but that didn’t matter because I learned quickly who my true friends were. I had a friend David who quickly became my best friend. He would often spend the night at my house. He was the single most influential person in helping me accept my new lot in life. Not only did he influence me to accept it but helped my mom to open up and see that things would be ok. Life can be good no matter what circumstances we are confronted with. I remember mom never wanting to leave us alone at different places like the movies or mall. David would tell her stuff like, “We can take care of ourselves we are just at the mall and will call or find help if anything happens.” I finally knew things were ok when she let me and him go fishing alone at the Mississippi River dam a mile from home. I felt free so we packed up our lunch, bait and fishing poles before she could change her mind. After a few great years being friends with David we parted ways when his family moved and we moved to South Carolina. Everyone didn’t use cell phones yet and the internet was brand new so we lost contact. I have never forgotten Him because or friendship helped me in every friendship I’ve had from that point on.
Christ brought freedom for every one of us. It was for freedom that Christ set us free (Gal. 5:1). This may not mean we are free in every sense of the word; but we are free from sin and free to let Christ into our lives. As we come to Him we will learn to be free even if we find ourselves chained to circumstance. David taught me that freedom can be found even in the worst situation we find ourselves in. He was an advocate for me; a loyal friend who showed me there is life happening all around us if we choose to take part in it. I found a truly reliable friend and I treasured his advice. Like only a few friends I’ve had David was one who stuck to me closer than a brother especially when it felt like no one was there I could count on him (Prv. 18:24). A friend is always loyal and a brother is born to help in our time of need (Prv. 17:17). David was my friend and brother because he helped me through my greatest time of need. Like myself David was not the most popular kid at school but certainly had a loyalty that I’ve rarely seen since him. This most of all is what kept our friendship strong because we could count on eachother when life was hard. It is better to be poor than to be dishonest (Prv. 19:22). To have a loyal friend means that we should be loyal to them in return. The Lord has been a loyal friend to humanity because He is always true to His word. He detests lying lips and delights in us when we are trustworthy (Prv. 12:22). This is a rare quality to find in others and I was greatly blessed to experience it in my friendship with David.
Not all friends have been loyal to us in fact they have hurt us in life more than they could have possibly helped us. Only the Lord can heal the wounds in our heart caused by relationships that have been anything but perfect. The Lord wants to turn our hurts around into victories so that we can use our freedom to show the proper way to be a friend. Those who have hurt us only did so because they were hurt in their past or hurt by us in some way. Either reason makes little difference what matters is the changes we make today to walk away from our hurts and to stop hurting others.
Lord help us to find honest and reliable people to share our lives with. In return help us to be trustworthy and loyal to our friends so we can share in the freedom that we have found in Jesus Christ. I ask that we would give and receive sound advice grounded in godly wisdom that needs to be communicated in order for us to bring freedom to one another. This is the favorable time of the Lord to mend broken hearts and set people free from their captivity. We want to do our part to give and receive the blessings of the Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.
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