Have you ever noticed we all need friends in our lives? The secular psychologist Abraham Maslow made note of this in his famous Hierarchy of Needs, recognizing that love and belonging (friendship, family, and a sense of connection) are some of our most basic human needs. And this makes sense, especially when we consider we’ve been created in the likeness of our relational, triune God (Gen. 1:26-27). We’re meant to have friends! And some are very special.
Good friends are there for us in times of need (Prov. 27:10). Their words and their counsel are sweet and pleasant (Prov. 27:9). They show their love to us, sometimes more than our own family members (Prov. 17:17). These are the special friends who “stick closer than a brother” (Prov. 18:24).
Who’s a special friend in your life? Show them some appreciation this week by sending them a text message or a handwritten note to let them know how thankful you are to the Lord for them.