Proverbs 17-18 B

I am enjoying being in the Proverbs immensely. So many wonderful nuggets here. The verses that especially warmed my heart, today, were the ones about friendship, so imma just let this post turn into an ode to Carly.

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (17:17)

What are friends for? Yes, we are for celebrating each other’s victories but, we are made in the moments when one takes the other’s hand and drags them to safety, or at least doesn’t let the other imagine they’re alone in dark places.

Carly is wonderful at pep talks, and says the same about me. We take turns being strong for each other. She knows how to remind me of truth, and reassure me that she’s committed through thick and thin.

“He who conceals a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends. A rebuke goes deeper into the one who has understanding than 100 blows into a fool.” (17:9-10)

A friend of understanding, who isn’t afraid to give (or take) a rebuke, but also loyally shields others from my faults. She keeps my secrets and sings my praises. This is so very rare and important.

“A man of too many friends comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (18:24)

As fellow enneagram 7s, ESFPs and Strength Finder: WOOs, we’ve both had our fair share of friends–throughout high school, deep into our twenties–until we reached that age (30s) when it’s time to get real about where to invest capacity and decreasing energies levels.

Where once I had several good friends, I now have a few profoundly deep friendships. It’s a level of life-giving goodness I didn’t know about. I’m sure many of you know what I mean, and I’m sure others will get there.

Let’s celebrate friendship today! Who is someone you think of when you read these verses? They are a gift–a grace–from the LORD, and it takes some wisdom to cherish and keep these. Tell your friends you love them today.

-Bethany

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