If you fall, not everbody will be generous enough in spirit to rejoice when you get back up on your feet. The elder brother wasn't too happy when the Prodigal son came back home. And there are still lots of elder brothers and sisters around who are just waiting for you to fall! Basically there are 3 kinds of people:They are listed below, check it out.
(1) The Users. these people will reach for your strengths but carefully avoid your weaknesses. When troublke hits your life they'll distance themselves lest they become tainted by your perceived liabilities. Don't be resentful toward them; users aren't bad they are just insecure and self-serving.You definitely have to guard your heart with all diligence because people will hurt and disappoint you. Some of these people are the ones who may have called and asked if there was anything they could do for you during your time of need, but never showed up and actually did anything to comfort you. Unfortunately these are the friends, associates and church members that you prayed for, fasted for, ministered to, or gave your last dime to.On the other hand, strong people are the first ones to say, " No, I'm alright, I'll be fine, God's got it and me." But a true friend wilth discernment will hear those same words and know that their friend is lying and crying out for help.
(2) The cautious. these folks are in the majority. when you are in trouble they will wait to see if you get out of it. And even then they will keep their options open. Before they decide to accept you they will first check to see who else does. Paul says, "Know them which labour among you" ( 1 Timothy 5:12). when it comes to the cautious, love them but don't build your life on them.
(3) The committed. These are the folks Solomon talks about in Proverbs 17:17 " A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born fro adversity." There's an old adage that says, "In the good times our friends know us, in the bad times we know our friends." If you have even a handful of committed friends you are truly blessed, for they will stand by you "at all times." they are not just strong in faith, they are strong in fight. I don't need a friendship borne out of convenience. And a friend doesn't always have to live close by you or be in your face all the time. But a true friend will set aside time tocall you and meet with you, a true friend will allow you to ocry on their shoulder, a true friend will even allow you to complain and take their frustrations out on you if necessary; without you getting an attitude and giving up on the friendship. A true friend will encourage you, care for you soul and love you unconditionally. True Friends are "born for adversity." Protect these relationships. Nurture them, for without them you cannot reach your God-given destiny.
Look for the Son in this dreary cloudy day, He's there as always. Jesus is a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
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