“A friend loveth at all times” [Proverbs 17:17]
Cicero said, “Friendship is the only thing in the world of which all mankind are agreed.” In all ages men have esteemed, extolled, and treasured friendship. It has been well described as “the most beautiful and fragrant flower that man meets in his earthly pilgrimage.
What heart is not stirred by the loveliness of the bond of friendship between Jonathan and David? Alas, such friendship is rare indeed. How wondrous is that grace that enables us to say of the Lord of glory, “This is my friend” [Song of Solomon 5:16].
The true extent of friendship must be measured not in word, but in deed. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” [John 15:13]. This is the greatest act of friendship among men. Love’s “crowning deed,” as C.H. Spurgeon called it. How unparalleled, therefore, is the friendship of our Lord Jesus. He loved us and laid down His life for us, His enemies [Rom. 5:10]
True friendship is ever characterized by constancy. “Swallow- friends, that fly to you in summer, but are gone in winter, such friends there is no loss of” [Matthew Henry]. The Saviour is the Friend who loveth at all times. There is no fickleness about Him. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
It has been well said, “Christ’s friendship prevails when human friendship fails.” He is an unfailing friend. He never forsakes His friends. He loves unto the end. Jonathan Edwards, on his deathbed, asked, “Where is Jesus of Nazareth, my old and faithful friend? I know that He will be with me now that I need His help.” And so He was, for that faithful servant died triumphantly. Christian, rejoice daily in this thy Friend. [Rev. Michael Patrick].