The Value of a Friend

  A sample of Daily Encounter by Dick Innes
"A friend loves at all times."

The following description of a friend came from an
English magazine:

"A true friend is one who has the
courage to disagree with us when [we are] in the wrong,
and advise us for our own good, rather than let his
sympathy or sentimentality cause him to agree."

Charles Spurgeon once said, "Friendship is one of the
sweetest joys of life. Many might have failed beneath
the bitterness of their trial had they not found a
friend."

Samuel Johnston said, "We cannot tell the precise
moment when friendship is formed.
As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is that last
drop which makes it run over, so in a series of
kindnesses, there is at least one that makes the heart
run over."

And Dr. Alfred Adler, internationally known
psychiatrist, based the following conclusions on a
careful analysis of thousands of clients: "The most
important task imposed by religion has always been,
‘Love thy neighbor….’ It is the individual who is not
interested in his fellow man who has the greatest
difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury
on others. It is from among such individuals that all
human failures spring."
Oh the priceless value of having at least one deep
abiding friendship. Thank God for the gift of
friendship.

Proverbs 17:17

The Message (MSG)

One Who Knows Much Says Little

17 Friends love through all kinds of weather,
and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.

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