Provers 27:5-17, 17:17
Ask yourself, “how many friends do you have?” Are they friends or acquaintances? How many of these “friends” would you be willing to die for, and vice versa?
There is a difference between a “friend” and an “acquaintance.” As a matter of fact, I believe that we use our friendships a little too loosely in this country. It is good to have friends on social media; however, is there a true friendship that holds up in the thick as the thin?
We ought not to take a friendship lightly, because there seems to be much confusion today about friends even in our Christian circles. The Book of Proverbs has much to say about friendships
“Friend” was a title given to Abraham because of his close relationship with God. A friend of a king was usually a high court official. It was also used as a greeting for either friend or foe. The story of David and Jonathan is an example of true human to human friendship relationship.
In the OT the Hebrew word “Reyan” means brother, lover and is used more for an acquaintance than a friendship. The second Hebrew word is “Awhab” and is used for a deep love and affection for.
This is the word that God used in Proverbs 18:24, “there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Also 27:6, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend (Awhab); but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”
Do you know what that means? Jesus loves us as a brother with that deep love and affection. “Friend” is a very sacred word and in the New Testament means: dearly beloved. See John 15:13-16.