How to be an Exceptional Friend- Proverbs 25

How can you tell if you are a good friend? A woman whom I’ve known for about two years is a perfect example.

She happens to share my name, and she decided the first time we’d met that she would be my friend. I don’t remember her ever asking me for anything, but the sweetness of what she brings to my life is immeasurable.

“Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master” (Proverbs 25:13 NIV).

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She encourages me every time we meet, listening deeply to my concerns and offering a scripture or a prayer. I can trust her to think more about what I’m saying than whatever is going on around us. And if I voice a need of any kind, she pursues ways to see me at peace.

“Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble” (verse 19).

She put her hand on my arm a year ago when she saw me concerned about my family, and with a tear in her eye, she vowed to pray for each one by name. She asks about them and prays for them still – one year later.

“Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked” (verses 25-26).

My dear friend refreshes my soul, always bringing me good news, and I thank God for her. Are you a friend like that to someone you know?

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

4 thoughts on “How to be an Exceptional Friend- Proverbs 25

  1. What a sweet tribute to your friend! It was also a great reminder to always be grateful for those “everyday” things my amazing lifetime friend does to show me her love. We share a heart for God, lots of great stories, and many tears and laughter! Great post, Kathy!

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    • Brenda, friends like these are a precious gift. Fifty years ago my grandma Beneta boasted that her friend would love her no matter what she did. They were close till death separated them. Isn’t that amazing?

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  2. Don’t know if I am a friend like that, but I have a friend like that. God gave her to me four months ago. Like your friend, she simply decided the first time we met that she wanted to be my friend. What a blessing! Thank-you for the reminder. I pray that one day, I can be that kind of friend. 🙂

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