A Friend Loves at All Times

Proverbs 17:17  

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

An important theme of the Bible and characteristic of God is faithfulness. This proverb describes the ideal of faithful friends and family members who will be there for us in the good times and the bad. The obvious implication is that we, too, should be faithful to our friends and family even in times of adversity.

But too often today we see fickle or fair-weather friends and brothers who become adversaries when we are facing adversity.

Part of the fruit of God’s Spirit is faithfulness, and He wants us to grow in this fruit. For more on growing in the fruit of the Holy Spirit, see “How Do You Know You Have the Holy Spirit?”

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