Sunday evening when preaching on the friendship of Jonathan and David, I used the quotes to introduce the topic of real friendship.
- A simple friend will stand by you when you are right, but a real friend will
stand by you even when are wrong (and they disagree).
- A simple friend identifies himself when he calls; A real friend doesn’t have too.
- A simple friend opens a conversation with a full news bulletin on his life; A real friend says, “what’s new with you?”
- A simple friend thinks the problems you whine about are recent; A real friend says, “you have been whining about that for 14 years. Get up and do something about it.”
- A simple friend has never seen you cry; A real friend has shoulder soggy from your tears.
- A simple friend doesn’t know your parents’ first names; A real friend has them on speed dial.
- A simple friend brings a casserole to your party; A real friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean.
- A simple friend hates it when you call after he has gone to bed; A real friend asks you why you took so long to call.
- A simple friend seeks to talk with you about your problems; A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.
- A simple friend wonders about your past dating relationships; A real friend could blackmail you with it.
- A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest; A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself.
- A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument; A real friend knows that it is not a friendship until after you have had a fight.
- A simple friend expects you to always be there for them. A real friend expects to always be there for you.
After reading this list all I could think about was “What a friend we have in Jesus.”