As we mature with age, we begin to realize how popularity fades, but true friends brighten our lives. True friends enhance us in a way that makes us rival the stars.
In the fourth and fifth grade age group I volunteer with at church, we talked about friendships. As we talked about making the right friends and what to look for in the friends you choose to have, it got me thinking about the extremes of friendship.
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
– Proverbs 27:17
Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.
– Proverbs 26:23
On one hand, you have a your friend who is iron – they sharpen you, and you them. They are there for you in thick and thin and you for them. There is a mutual respect and continual line of encouragement. These are the friends who will cry with you, laugh with you, cry laughing, and laugh at you crying. They are true.
On the other, you have you fiberglass friendships. These are the ones that break easy at the first sign of turmoil, drama, or hardship. They cut and run or go into hiding and you don’t see them until the air clears. As Proverbs 26:23 says, don’t be fooled by those who aren’t true.
“Beware: Friends of iron will buy you lunch. Your fiberglass friends will eat your lunch.”
The fact is we all have friends who are just not very good friends. And sometimes, we may be that person to our friends. Choose your friends wisely or they will steer you on the wrong path – a path of destruction. Sadly, it’s the fiberglass friends who keep us from being the person God wants us to be.
There’s friends for all seasons of our lives – from tragedies to celebrations and everything in between. Make sure you seek out the sturdy, sharpening iron friends rather than the fragile fiberglass friends who come and go.
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