The test of a true friend is where they stand during our times of need and adversity. The English writer and literary critic John Churton Collins knew this well.
“In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.” – John Churton Collins, English Literary Critic
Although this truth is not in the Bible, we do find in the Bible that a friend loves at all times, and that a brother is born for adversity. This takes the idea of friendship and brotherly love to much higher level. Yes, like Collins says, friends will stay by us in good and bad times. But in the Book of Proverbs we see that the purpose of a true brother or sister is to be there in times of adversity; it is what we are born to do.
I encourage us all to be good friends to each other, and to be brothers and sisters to each other, and to stick with each other in both good times and bad.
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