Friendship is a gift that graces our lives. It’s something that’s steadfast in the sunshine and the darkness… and in the time of need. It is not only a gift, but also a responsibility.

A friend will seek out the needs of her friend, and do all in her power to make sure those needs are fulfilled. At times, it will cost an interrupted schedule, exerted energy, and monetary expense. Yet a friend will not count the cost and see these efforts expended as grueling. Instead, she will find honor and pleasure in finding ways to help.

A friend will be selfless and giving. Like Jonathan spoke to David, “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do for you.” (1 Samuel 20:4)

Have you ever noticed the love and devotion that Paul had to the saints in his many epistles? He didn’t like them because they were part of his organization, or because they funded his ministry, or because they had the exact same doctrinal beliefs he had. No, he loved them as individuals, as people… and at great expense.

Be willing to lay your life on the line if you must. Be committed to a selfless heart. Don’t hoard your resources. God loves a cheerful giver, and when you give He will bless in return. Remember, the things you possess are but gifts loaned to you from above anyway.