A couple of weeks ago I was driving in my car and a very good friend of mine came to mind, and at that moment I really appreciated him. There are some people, that no matter where life takes you, they are willing to take the journey with you through the good and the bad. So I immediately called him to say “thank you” and to let him know how much I appreciated having him as a true friend, even a brother.
Today I came across this quote (or should I say verse) that reminded me of that moment:
“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship”.
This is a true saying, no? But is it Bible, or not? I agree that true friendship is of great worth and to be prized, after all, didn’t Jesus say that? In alluding to Himself he said to His disciples, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”. Followed by, “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you”. (John 15:13,15 KJV). And in the Old Testament we read how Abraham was called the friend of God, and how important that was.
It is clear that the Bible places great value on friendship, but there is a bond that is greater that that of a friend and that is the bond of a brother. And in the Church do we not call ourselves brothers and sisters? But what is the measure of a true friend versus the measure of a brother? We find that answer in the book of Proverbs where is says that a friend loves at all times but a brother is born for adversity. That’s the difference: a friend will always love you, through thick and thin, but a brother will pull along side of you in the most difficult and darkest of times.
The quote, “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship,” is not from the Bible. It is a quote from Thomas Aquinas, a philosopher, theologian and Catholic saint. It is true that true friendship is of great worth and is to be prized, but having a true brother is of infinite more worth.
Tell me what you think (comment).