What do your FRIENDS look like? More importantly, what do they DO? How do they roll? Are they holy Kingdom Friends or common worldly acquaintances?
Look around at your group of talmidim (disciples) to whom you answer as you DO LIFE alongside them.
You really don’t have to like one another (Tis the case at some point!). Liking one another is not a holy requirement. ‘Liking one another’ is the work alone of the Holy Spirit that happens over time as relationships form and grow.
LOVING ONE ANOTHER, however, IS The Divine Commandment – the Holy Requirement – and conduit through which The Holy Spirit mysteriously puts within you ‘the like’ you know wasn’t your idea or doing.
A REA (Merea) LOVES at ALL times…Proverbs 17:17
The CJB and OJB translates:
Proverbs 17:17 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
17 A friend shows his friendship at all times —
it is for adversity that [such] a brother is born.
Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)
17 The re’a (friend) loveth at all times, and a brother is born for tzarah (adversity).
At ALL Times.
That kind of LOVE THAT STAYS is what makes him/her a Brother/Sister present in times of trouble as the verse goes on to declare.
If a ‘REA LOVES AT ALL TIMES’ is Kingdom Truth, then ‘an acquaintance’ or fake friend will drop you like a hot potato at her convenient timing. We have all experienced this.
The LOVE WE HAVE (SHOW TO) FOR ONE ANOTHER is quite important to the Kingdom and our Master Yeshua, The King….so much so that King Yeshua declared in John 13:
34“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
CONCLUSION: While you cannot DEMAND FRIENDSHIP from another…
you can and should demand it of yourself (for the sake of His Kingdom)!
Is the world around YOU knowing HIM because of YOUR LOVE?