I once told my dad that as an adult I didn’t really have friends. His response, “Do you show yourself friendly? Do you put yourself out there in such a way that someone would want to be your friend?” As Believers, we need to do away with the stern Oscar the Grouch face. How can we draw people when our demeanor and/or attitude turns them away? There should be a pleasantness about us that makes people smile when they pass us. A loving vibe that makes them feel safe enough to come to us with their problems.
The Scripture also warns about the abundance of so-called friends and how a “man of too many friends [chosen indiscriminately] will be broken in pieces and come to ruin” (Proverbs 18: 24 AMP). With the growing presence of social media, people tend to feel the need to have countless friends without counting the cost of the actual friendship. A true friend “is reliable and sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18: 24 AMP), supporting and guiding you down the correct path. A true friend is chosen wisely because of the strength and life they bring –not the strength and life they drain.
Instead of looking at the quantity, desire friendships for their quality.
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Proverbs 18: 24 (KJV) A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18: 24 (AMP) The man of too many friends [chosen indiscriminately] will be broken in pieces and come to ruin, but there is a [true, loving] friend who [is reliable and] sticks closer than a brother.