“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24 ESV).

This proverb contrasts the difference between having “many companions” and one close “friend.” For which is better? To have many fair weather companions who disappear at the first sign of trouble, or one true friend who sticks with you through thick and thin?

Such a friend is rare indeed, for he “sticks closer than a brother.” Jesus is such a friend. As He told his disciples, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13). Jesus demonstrated this love when He died for us on the cross. Jesus shows us what it means to have a true friend.

O, what a Friend we have in Jesus!

PRAYER: Dear Father, You have given us our greatest and truest friend in Jesus. O how we love Him! For He has laid down His life for our salvation. Now strengthen us to obey His commandment that we love one another. Help us to offer His kind of friendship to a lost and lonely world. In Jesus’ name, amen.