Real Friendships Are a Gift From God By Neil Dembeck A dear friend of mine sent me a text message that said, “I’m so glad we can tell each other the good, the bad, and the ugly!” We have been friends for many years, and we have learned to share our joys and our failures. We recognize we are far from perfect, so we share our struggles but we also rejoice in each other’s successes. David and Jonathan had a solid friendship too, beginning with the good days of David’s victory over Goliath (1 Sam. 18:1–4). They shared their fears during the bad days of Jonathan’s father’s jealousy (18:6–11; 20:1–2). Finally, they suffered together during the ugly days of Saul’s plans to kill David (20:42). Good friends don’t abandon us when external circumstances change. They stay with us through the good and the bad days. Good friends also may point us to God in the ugly days, when we may feel tempted to walk away from our Lord. Real friendships are a gift from God because they exemplify the perfect Friend, who remains
loyal through the good, the bad, and the ugly days. As the Lord reminds us, â€œNever will I leave you; never will I forsake youâ€? (Heb. 13:5). Dear Lord, I thank You for the good friends You have placed in my life, but above all, I thank You for Your friendship.