True friends are imperative to our lives in ways we likely can’t fully comprehend. One of my favorite examples of friendship is the one of David and Jonathon in 1 Samuel 20, summed up in these words:

God will be the bond between me and you, and between my children and your children forever!

You see, friendship can be life-long. It doesn’t fizzle out when the one believes a little differently, or when the other is going through a difficult time, or when miles separate them, or even when correspondence dwindles. A friend will carry in her heart the loving image of her friend through thick and thin. There’s nothing like having a friend who can pick up right where you left off, no matter if it was 5 minutes ago or 5 years ago.

A friend loves at all times (Proverbs 17:17). Life-long requires you to overlook the doctrinal difference, forgive the offence and love always. It requires patience, endurance, and faithfulness. But the rewards are well worth all the effort!

If your friendships are contingent on your own set of opinions and perspective, it’s not a lasting friendship.

Love suffers long and is kind. Love doesn’t base it’s affections on the mind, but rather on the heart. Be a friend that lets love last long in a relationship.