Bible Ballistics: “BBs”    Real Friends ??  #42

I’d like to take a ‘spin-off’ on friendship today, by asking  ‘What does a real friend look like?’  As always let’s go to God’s Word for the answer.

Zech. 13:6, “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” 

This Old Testament verse is referring to the greatest friend—Jesus.  The one who gave Himself for us!! A friend gives of himself, sometimes even unto death.  We have heard so many stories about wars and conflicts and those who made the ultimate sacrifice intentionally for the benefit of others.  That’s what Jesus has done for US.  What a friend does!!  Yet, Jesus always spoke truth and never apologized.

Proverbs 27:6, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

True, real friends are the ones who tell you what you ‘need’ to hear, even when you may not ‘want’ to hear it.  A real friend is ‘faithful’ to speak truth to you, instead of deceitful flattery just to cause you to like them.  It also means I need to share honestly with those that I care about—not ‘brutal’ honesty–but kindly openness with integrity and respect for others’ feelings.   As it says in Proverbs 25:11,

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” 

To say the ‘right’ thing, at the ‘right’ time is a gift from God. And we can only experience this as we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit of God, as Gal. 5:16 says,

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not   fulfil the lust of the flesh.

So??  Walk in HIS Spirit

and be a ‘real’ friend.

Be one—

to have one!

How are you measuring your friends?

Yourself?