A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century American essayist)

How many “friends” do you have on Social Media? Are they really friends? Would you feel free to share your most intimate thoughts with them (even in private)? Many of us have lots of acquaintances, but we wouldn’t consider many of them as really close friends. But we do need one or two that we can be completely open and sincere with. They can be strong anchors for us.

A friend is always loyal. . .  The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. (Proverbs 17:17; 27:9)