1. A person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
2. A person who gives assistance; patron; supporter: friends of the Boston Symphony.
3. A person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile: Who goes there? Friend or foe?
4. A member of the same nation, party, etc.(Dictionary.com)
*John 2:24 But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men...
Our Lord knew all men, their nature, dispositions, affections, designs, so as we do not know any man, not even ourselves. He knows his crafty enemies, and all their secret projects; his false friends, and their true characters. He knows who are truly his, knows their uprightness, and knows their weaknesses. We know what is done by men; Christ knows what is in them, he tries the heart.
(Review from the Matthew Henry Commentary)
Today, I have written this thought to assist you, so that you: "Don't cast your pearls before a swine" (Matthew 7:6) in your pursuit toward destiny! Generally, this scripture - “cast pearls before swine” is to share something of value with those who will not understand nor appreciate it.
Honestly, Jesus knew people too well. He loved them (Loves us), yet He didn't trust them because He knew their nature and intentions. That is why He didn't have many close friends. For a Leader, this is such Wisdom - Especially when carrying out such a strategic assignment for the Kingdom of God! Be careful who you "sow" your own vision, dreams and purpose into!
Too many people share way too much information with individuals they have no business sharing it with because of the need to be received and or validated by others. When we get down to the brass tax of it:
1. Most people don't have the capacity to deal with it and
2. You just can't trust many of them. Sad, but true!
When we wonder why we don't have more than the very few "TRUE" friends we count on one hand, it's because of the nature of people and the trust factor. So many people say one thing and do another. With this being said, It's so very difficult to have "TRUE" friends today.
Early on, 19 years ago when starting in ministry - I had a dear mentor, friend and man of God - Pastor Ron Stewart tell me, "Brett, you will have many acquaintances come and go in your lifetime, but you need to consider yourself blessed beyond measure if you can count your "TRUE" friends on one hand."
I look back to the very day he spoke that to me and find out that the statement he made was so correct and extremely accurate!
In this short thought, I pray this helps many of you! I know in my life personally (being very transparent here), it has been a very lonely road at times. Honestly, I would rather have a few "TRUE" friends, then to have many so called friends that don't share my vision, or even care about my well being, or victory. Time has a way of imparting valuable lessons and wisdom into us if we will receive it.
Can you imagine having the kind of friends that Moses had - standing with him holding up his arms relentlessly so that together they saw Victory? WOW!
Exodus 17:12 - ...Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset...
In closing and reflection - "TRUE" friends are hard to come by - For those of us with a few "TRUE" friends, hold them dear to your heart for they will stand with you and assist you in the vision you have to complete - And please note: You are "Truly Blessed!"