Many times, especially at school I find myself referring to others as “friends.” But how could any of them ever be a TRUE friend if they don’t know the truth about the Bible?
“Can two walk together except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3)
The answer is no they can’t. A friend is supposed to be there for you during your good times and bad (Proverbs 17:17). If you find yourself struggling in maintaining righteousness (keeping the commandments), do you really think they will help you get back on the right path or encourage you to sin? A true friend who knows the truth of righteousness will do everything in their power to help you get back on the right path. Proverbs 27:17 says,
“Iron sharpeneth iron, so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
But the cold hard truth is that your so called “friends” that are still caught up in the wickedness of this world, will most likely encourage you to break the laws, especially since they don’t have the same belief as you. For even the Most High says…
“What fellowship hath the wolf with the lamb? so the sinner with the godly.” (Ecclesiasticus 13:17)
So why do you think it is so important to watch out for those you call your friends? It is because there are many people out there who claim to be your friend and are really not.
Ecclesiasticus 37:1 says, “Every friend saith, I am his friend also: but there is a friend, which is only a friend in name.”
This means that a person claiming to be your friend will not do the actions or duties the Most High says a true friend will do, and is therefore only a friend because that title was ignorantly placed upon them. This is why the Most High tells us in
Ecclesiasticus 6:7-8 “If thou wouldest get a friend, prove him first, and be not hasty to credit him. For some man is a friend for his own occasion, and will not abide, in the day of thy trouble.”
He also tells us in,
Ecclesiasticus 6:6 “Be at peace with many: nevertheless have but one counsellor of a thousand.”
Meaning, that you can have many acquaintances, but everyone is not meant to be a friend. A real friends doesn’t talk behind your back or persuade you to go against the commandments. True friends don’t act or treat you differently when others come around. True friends speak the truth to each other no matter what, even if the truth may compromise their friendship. If you and your friends relationship has these things, that is a friend worth keeping. If you happen to find a true friend be sure to direct your friendship in righteousness. For as it says in:
Ecclesiasticus 6:17 “Whoso feareth the Lord shall direct his friendship aright: for as he is, so shall his neighbor be also.”
Ecclesiasticus 37:12 “But be continually with a godly man, whom thou knowest to keep the commandments of the Lord, whose, mind is according to thy mind, and will sorrow with thee, if thou shalt miscarry.”