Friday: 1st March, 2019
Reference text: Sirach 6:5-17
Interpretation is needed for clarity, so at multiple times in the scriptures, we see the disciples of Jesus return to Him for further exposition on some of the teachings and parables He had delivered to the people. However, there were also many moments when such clarifications were not needed because the words He spoke were as clear as a bright day.
Portions of the word of God thus assume this status of offering clarity without further discourse and today’s text offers one of such lessons on ‘True Friends and Friendship’. The contents are practical and can be substantiated with great ease.
1. When you make friends, don’t be too quick to trust them; make sure that they have proved themselves.
2. Some people will be your friends only when it is convenient for them, but they won’t stand by you in trouble. Others will fall out with you over some argument, and then embarrass you by letting everyone know about it.
3. Other friends will sit at your table as long as things are going well; they will stick to you like your shadow, but they will not stand by you in trouble. If your situation takes a turn for the worse, they will turn against you, and you won’t be able to find them anywhere.
4. A loyal friend is like a safe shelter; find one, and you have found a treasure. Nothing else is as valuable; there is no way of putting a price on it.
5. A loyal friend is like a medicine that keeps you in good health. Only those who fear the Lord can find such a friend.
6. A person who fears the Lord can make real friendships, because he will treat his friends as he does himself.
Beloved, true friendships don’t come easy, but it’s rewarding to have them.
(Adapted from Sirach 6:5-17, GNT)