Saturday, November 19, 2011

How to Find a Real Friend, Part 2

I had a tearful conversation this week with someone who'd been lied to by a friend. She just couldn't comprehend how someone she'd trusted for years would betray her so readily.

I felt sad for her, but remained a bit amazed that she was so surprised. She did not understand that no one is trustworthy. No one on this earth. The hurts and betrayals sometimes come intentionally and sometimes unintentionally, but they will come. Our friends will hurt us. Guaranteed.

Understanding man's basic failure to be faithful does not grow from pessimism; it simply allows God to take His proper place. It does not mean that our friends and family do not care--in fact, they provide islands of love, but even these come with storms. If you want a friend that never fails, you have only one choice.

God is not a man that He should lie, nor son of man, that He should change His mind--Numbers 23:19

God never lies, never exaggerates, never forgets, never deceives. He is mighty not only to save, but to remain steadfast for all time and in all circumstances.

The world is a dark place sometimes. Friends fail, but when the darkness closes in, reach for the light.

The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.--John 1:5

When we stand in the light, we can finally understand.


  1. It's true. This is the only friend we can depend on always in every situation. We can never be this good but we should strive to be a friend that can always be depended on also. Thank you for sharing with us at Spiritual Sundays.
    Happy Thanksgiving,

  2. Thanks for the comment, Charlotte. So glad to be part of your community.

  3. Man will always disappoint, but God never! But He uses men to show us His love and faithfulness too! Patsy from

  4. Yes, He does. His image remains in us, however dimly sometimes. Thanks, Patsy.

  5. Very true...we all blow it but He never does.....thanks for this reminder