“Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father, and do not go to your brother’s house when disaster strikes you — better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.” Proverbs 27:10 (NIV)
In Luke 11:5-8 (NIV), Jesus told a parable about a man who went to his friend at midnight to borrow three loaves of bread to entertain some guests. His friend was already in bed and said, “Don’t bother me… my children are with me in bed. I can’t getup and give you anything.” BUT, the man was PERSISTENT. He kept knocking and asking.
Jesus said in Verse 8, that because of his IMPORTUNITY “ his friend would arise and give him as much as he needed.” Importunity is defined as “boldness, forwardness, unreasonable persistence.”
Friendship takes persistence and patience. It requires pressing in to another’s life to the point of vulnerability to test the level of love and trust. Valuable friendships do not “just happen,” nor do they happen quickly. Friendships are developed over a course of time and experiences.
Be willing to test your friendships. Be willing to have your friendship tested by others. Stick in there with your friend for the long haul. . . the big picture. After all, God has stuck in there with YOU!
PRAY: “Lord, help me to cultivate my friendships through love, patience, and persistence. Help me not to be so easily hurt and offended. I desire to be a friend like You. I pray in Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.”