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Friend

We often refer to a person as a "friend," but what does that designation mean? Are we calling them a friend because they are an acquaintance or do we consider them a friend because they agree with everything we say?
The true nature of a friend is one with whom we can have equity of exchange. When we talk with them, we feel like we can learn from them and we can contribute to them. We feel they have something in them that is worthy of drawing out and if drawn out it will better both our lives.
"The pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel." (Proverbs 27:9) Friendship can be enjoyable even when the discussions are difficult and the qualifier here is that a friend is "earnest" in his counsel. We understand that to mean that he is passionate to speak into our lives so that we can be better. A true friend is not out to get something from the relationship but to give something to the relationship.
"Better is open rebuke than hidd…