W. Austin Gardner
A True Friend Sticks
But not only does a true friend sharpen; a true friend sticks. Now, what do I mean by that? Well, put this verse down—Proverbs 18, verse 24: “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)
Or if you want to put it this way: a true friend stays. A true friend not only sharpens you, but a true friend is steadfast. They stick to you closer than a brother. Again, Proverbs 17, verse 17: “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” If you want to see who your real friends are, just make a mistake and see whether or not they leave you.
Life is like a ship, and some people get on board and get off board very easily. Some will stay on board as long as everything is sailing smoothly. They’ll get on board and sail with you. But let the rough weather come, and they will abandon the ship. But a true friend is the one who will stay with you and stick with you.
As I said, somebody says that a true friend is someone who walks in when everyone else walks out.
And again, isn’t that like the Lord Jesus? The Bible says that though we deny Him, He abides faithful.” (2 Timothy 2:13) And the reason that I am kept saved, very frankly, is this: that Jesus will never walk out on me. He “is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”
And that is a prophecy, I believe, in the Bible of the Lord Jesus Christ. Put this verse down—Proverbs chapter 27 and verse 10: “Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.” (Proverbs 27:10)
Adrian Rogers, “The Care and Cultivation of a Friendship,” in Adrian Rogers Sermon Archive (Signal Hill, CA: Rogers Family Trust, 2017), Pr 17:17.