(Merriam Webster Dictionary)
- one attached to another by affection or esteem.
- one that is not hostile.
- one that is of the same nation, party, or group.
- one that favors or promotes something (such as a charity).
- a favored companion.
- a Quaker.
- A person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically one exclusive of sexual or family relations.
- A person who supports a cause, organization, or country by giving financial or other help.
- A person who is not an enemy or opponent; an ally.
- A Quaker.
- a person you know well and like a lot, but who is usually not a member of your family.
- A person or organization that is a friend to/of a group or organization helps and supports it.
From the Bible:
Proverbs 12:26 (NLT), “The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.”
Proverbs 17:17 (NLT), “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.”
Proverbs 20:6 (NLT), “Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?”
Proverbs 27:5-6 (NLT), “An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.”
Proverbs 27:17 (NLT), “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9–12 (NLT), “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”
John 15:13–15 (NLT), “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”
And many more…….
Examples of Good Friends in the Bible:
David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18:1-3, 20:17, 42; 2 Samuel 1:26)
King David and Abiathar (1 Samuel 22:23)
David and Nahash (2 Samuel 10:2)
David and Hushai (2 Samuel 15:32–37)
Elijah and Elisha (2 Kings 2:2)
Job’s Friends (Job 2:11)
Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 1:16-17)
Paul’s Ministry Friends (Romans 16:3-5; 2 Corinthians 2:12-13; Philippians 2:25; Colossians 4:7, 14; 2 Timothy 1:2-4; 1 Philemon)
The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. – Hubert H. Humphrey
Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. – Ann Landers
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. – Walter Winchell
One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. – Euripides
Of all possessions a friend is the most precious. – Herodotus
A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same. – Elbert Hubbard
This blog was inspired by the recent event in my life which involves two friends – one went to another country and another friend I haven’t heard voice of for a long time. And because this is my blog so I’ll use my own adage about “friends” or “friendships” – “godly friends are forever”!
This is so true to me since I am very picky and choosy with friends that I want to be with in life. My favorite definition of a friend is “the favored companion”. Yes, I believe that that definition is correct because there are those people whom you got acquaintance with – first instinct – that doesn’t tingle to your senses. You didn’t like them at first; they annoy you because they kept you wait for more than an hour. They test your limit everytime they kept telling you the same sentiments over and over again and even if you already told them your opinion about it, they still didn’t hear you.
But then eventually you liked them because they are always there and for some reasons you kept them, you go out with them, chat with them and know them even if they have personalities that are totally different from yours. You started to share “you” to them even if you don’t know if it matter to them or they care. By the way, “they” means “few” like you can count on your fingers kind. And “they” means “old and young” alike.
“Godly friends are forever” can be “me” or “my godly friends”. “Me” because I am rare piece of stone (naks….hahaha!). As I’ve said, I am picky and choosy when it comes to people that I welcomed and kept with in my life. Because of the many betrayals I’ve experienced, I became protective of myself. I’d rather be heart broken by a lover than to be heartbroken by a friend. For me, I can bear losing a boyfriend than losing a friend.
Within the course of time, i can count in my fingers those whom I chose to stay in my life (even if they don’t want me in there’s) because I know these friends are the ones who have heart for GOD. Also, I have guaranteed that these friends have kept me in their endocardium for life and life after that. And, because I know that they love GOD too much not to love me and keep me in theirs too. The friendship that I offer is unconditional, no boundaries, no limits and no amount of disappointment can destroy it or let it go to waste. I am no special nor jewel but I can say that I don’t lie. I am also a faithful friend and a sincere confidante.
But yeah, for the sake of the “benefit of the doubt”, I’ll ask these friends who “Claire” really to them and why they keep her in their life as well. Or if it was you my “favored companions”, please leave a message below! ^_^
For “my godly friends” because simply they are godly…^___^.
No distance can ever separate me to them because I’ll keep knocking on their Viber, WhatsApp, Messenger, or whatever app there are available. No year of silences can ever shut me from just saying “hi” and “hello” to them. That’s the thing noh?! With godly friends or close friends even how long haven’t you talked or hear from each other when you do it feels like it’s just yesterday. Things to talked about never run out. It’s a bottomless sharing. And what I like about godly friends are it’s always GOD – the Hero, the icing on the cake, the appetizer, the main menu and the dessert of our sharing. There are cries at the same laugh in between. Haaaay….the perks of having godly friends by your side. So yeah, Airahtot, if you are reading this, you are loved and will forever be in my heart. HE Who began a good work in you will perfect it. I believe HE has done what I’ve asked HIM for you already. To Michie, friendship, I am just here (lalim ng hugot noh?!). Love you too more!! To Glenda, Oliver, Tita Babes, Christie Ann, Tita Aida, MOMSHIES……you are all in my prayers always! I am your silent intercessor. Silent coz I whisper to GOD everytime I think about you. All respect and honor and love to you all! ❤ ❤ ❤