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VerseD: Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 17:17, ESV

Siblings often cause contention with each other. This is no different in the Church. Yet, Jesus has called us friend, because He is always with us.

VerseD: Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12, ESV

Many people do evil things, but they are not our true enemy. Instead, we draw near to God and ask Him to defeat evil, as He did at Calvary, asking to be our mighty friend amd defender.

VerseD: Proverbs 13:20

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Proverbs 13:20, ESV

Have good, godly friends. They will inspire and encourage you. Seek God, the wisest friend, and ask Him to make you wise.
Or follow our corrupt and fallen world straight to eternal destruction.

VerseD: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
Ecclesiastes 4:9‭-‬10, ESV

As God’s faithful, we are to help and encourage each other in all things, as He helps and encourages us, especially through Christ.

VerseD: Proverbs 18:24

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24, ESV

In the day of disconnected social media friendship and increased depression, it is comforting to know that the Son of God has called us who believe in Him friends and brothers.

VerseD: Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.
Proverbs 17:17, CSB

Christ again is our example: be a friend to all people, loving through all areas of life; be a brother to all, especially other Christians, sacrificing of yourself in times of need.

VerseD: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
Ecclesiastes 4:9‭-‬10, NASB

God calls individuals for the sake of community. There is an individual element, but the communal is the focus.
How do we overcome? How are we strengthened and motivated?
Together: with the Church and by the Lord.

VerseD: Romans 13:10

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Romans 13:10, ESV

The love of Christ in us is not merely sacrificial, it is selfless, considerate, patient, and truthful.

Yes, it can be difficult living all of this out. But, in many ways, it gets easier to understand and do as you love them.

VerseD: Proverbs 18:24

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24, ESV

Even Jesus had a small band of close friends (12) with an even smaller set of really close friends (James and John and Peter).

If you have hundreds of friends, but no confidants, you may find yourself alone when trouble hits.

VerseD: Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 17:17, ESV

It is tough living with and loving other people. We can get on our nerves, and we are brothers and sisters in Christ.

Yet, Christ calls us friends. We must love each other, but His love should flow through us.