I’m not talking about the TV show called “Friends”; however, my topic is similar. I remember when I was in the second grade, my school teacher was trying to help our class remember what letter comes first, “i” or “e,” when spelling “friend.” She shared a little phrase with the class that I still remember today and use to make sure I spell “friend” correctly. The phrase goes like this: “A true friend is a friend until the end,” and the word “end” is the last three letters of the word “friend.”

How many true friends do you have? I hope many and that you continue to make new friends. “Experts” claim that due to our mobile society the average person changes his or her portfolio of friends every ten to twelve years. If this is accurate, then friends don’t last to the end anymore, which is a sad fact, or at minimum a sad statement.

Let’s talk about a friend to the end. A friend to the end is someone who will be at your side through good times and bad to the very last moment. When you have money and when you don’t. If you need cash they’re ready to lend you $50 or $100 because they know you’re good for it. Your friends are someone you can talk to about anything because they can relate and they really care. When you’re feeling your best or your worst, friends to the end are just a phone call or text away.

In the Bible, Proverbs Chapter 17:17, we read: “A friend loves at all times,” which describes the heart of a friend. Friendships can be difficult to cultivate and develop sometimes, but don’t be discouraged and don’t give up. Proverbs 24:24 says, “A man that has friends must show himself friendly,” which encourages us to display the same traits and characteristics we would like to see in a friend. The verse continues to say, “There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” I believe this suggests that Jesus Christ is that friend that sticks closer than a brother. There are times when we are so discouraged, lost, hurting, lonely, confused or depressed that we can’t even begin to share ourselves with someone else. The “friend that sticks closer than a brother,” Jesus Christ, is the friend we can call upon and with whom we can share what’s in our heart and mind. When we talk to Jesus openly, honestly and sincerely about our needs, amazing changes begin to develop. Like most friendships, the more we discuss and share, the greater the friendship. Jesus wants to be your friend . . . your friend to the end!

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