Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. (George Washington)

How many people have you “friended” on Facebook? How long have you known them—and how well? It’s easy on social media to unfriend someone, too, which suggests that such relationships are really pretty shallow. If you want a friendship to “withstand the shocks of adversity,” you’ll have to cultivate it and give it time to grow.

Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable? A real friend sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 20:6; 18:24)