The Two Kinds of “Friends” Defined

by Rachel Marie


“True friends are like diamonds, precious and rare;
False friends are like autumn leaves, found everywhere.”

Chances are very good that we’ve all experienced the realities of the two kinds of “friends”: true friends, and false friends.

We’ve all been hurt, damaged, discouraged, and disheartened by those who have entered our lives at one time or another, claiming to love and cherish us, either by their actions or their words, but soon proved quite the contrary. We’re left feeling angered, hurt, or spiteful. We’re confused because the people we trusted, and thought loved us, terribly failed us. Words cannot describe our ache, our confusion, our deep hurt. We vow never to allow such an occasion to damage our souls again, and in doing so, ignorantly but willingly give in to the deception of bitterness. We don’t know where to go, or who to trust. Some of us let it all out with many, hot angry tears… others of us cry forever as if our hearts would brake… others of us just hold it all in, bitterly hoping the hurt will just “go away,” — but it never does.

But I also believe that most of us have been blessed by those dear folks who would certainly classify under the title of a true friend. They are there for you when you need a shoulder to cry on, and a hand to hold. They are there telling you to “keep going,” even when you can’t see any light at the end of your tunnel. They are there to tell you that they believe in you, and trust in you, when it seems that the whole world is coming against you. They are there to accept your apologies when you know you’ve been wrong, and forgive you by replying, “Oh, there’s nothing to forgive…!” They are there to lovingly correct you when you’ve made a bad mistake, and say “Hey, we all mess up – It’s Ok.” They are there to rejoice with you when you have something to celebrate about, and are just as happy for you as if theirs was the celebration.

True friends: they remember you – they pray for you – they think of you, and tell you so – and most of all, they truly love you; and deep down inside, you know it.

img_0009.jpg Rachel Marie is a sweet young lady who loves the Lord with all her heart. She is keenly interested in the study of biblical womanhood and authored a well-noted article, Just a Girl Through & Through. Along with her gift of writing, her hobbies also include photography, flowers, sewing and a host of other avenues she uses to vent her creativity. Her heart beat is missions with a particular love for China.