It has been said that a real friend is someone who walks in when everyone else walks out.
It’s easy to be someone’s friend when things are going well or, when our friend hasn’t messed up but, it’s more difficult if our friend isn’t popular. Sometimes, if a friend makes a mistake of some sort, people will drop them; as in they will stop being their friend. Why? That person can’t help them any more. They don’t want to be seen with them.
In the book of II Timothy, the apostle Paul talked about Onesiphorus. Paul said that Onesiphorus often visited him and he added….”He was never ashamed of me because I was in chains.”
Think about that line…”he was never ashamed of me because I was in chains.” When we slip up…when we make a mistake, someone who has been our friend can become ashamed of us. They don’t want to hang around with us any longer, because we have messed up.
You may have experienced this. You make a mistake or you slip up and all of a sudden, someone you thought was a friend won’t reply to texts…they don’t call or email. You are not an asset to them any longer.
But a real friend sticks with you…mistake or no mistake…they stick with you. All of us need more friends like Epaphroditus…who aren’t ashamed of our chains.
Maybe you have a friend who has slipped…give them a call. Take them to lunch or coffee. When someone messes up, they need us more then than ever.
A real friend – a TRUE friend…walks in when everyone else walks out.
Someone has said that a real friend is the type that, if someone calls them in the middle of the night, they don’t ask “Why?” They simply ask “Where?”
Maybe someone needs you to be like Epaphroditus to them.