How to Be a Good Friend [Proverbs 17:17 Devotional]

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How to Be a Good Friend [Proverbs 17:17 Daily Devotional]

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

Proverbs 17:17

The book of Proverbs is filled with wisdom for today. In this case, we are encouraged that friends are supposed to always love. No matter what, “a friend loves at all times.” It doesn’t matter how we feel or what we’re doing, friends love. Beyond that, people that we’d consider family are held to an even higher standard. Above simply loving at all times, family’s (the author writes “brothers”) purpose is to be with you in times of adversity. They should be there to provide counsel and to help you out of tough times.

How to Be a Good Friend

Not only should you want friends like what the proverb writer describes, you should want to be a friend like that. And you can be! Practically, that looks like being a trusted listener and adviser.

No one will want to share their hardships with you if they think you’re just going to go around sharing their secrets. That means you need to be a source of confidentiality. The more people trust you, the better you can serve them.

Advice is a strange thing to balance. If you tell people what to do to fix their problems all the time, they will become reliant on you to solve all their issues. And that’s just not your job. It’s best to strike a balance of allowing people to solve their own adversity while you listen and ask questions. Only on some occasions should you provide them with the answer, even if it’s obvious to you.


Jesus, thank you for the friends you put in my life. Help me to be a good friend to all of them as well as to the people that I will meet in the future. Give me wisdom to know when to advise and when to listen. It’s in your name I pray, amen.

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