Friendship is seldom 50-50

A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity. Prov. 17:17

People become friends for all sorts of reasons: neighborhood, jobs, church, organizations, mutual interests, mutual friends. When we feel we are getting love and support back it’s easy to invest time and emotional energy into friendships. But when we or one of our friends hits a rough patch and don’t have much to give back, there is a temptation to withdraw. Sometimes we have to step back from toxic relationships, but in most circumstances, even when its something we can’t fix and may not even understand, we can keep loving and allow our friends to keep loving us. Friends are usually part of God’s helping and healing process.

Lord, I trust You for my friends’ needs. Show me the best way to stand with them and to let them stand with me.