Make new friends but keep the old; one is silver and the other gold. (Girl Scout song)

Meeting new people and becoming friends is a joyful experience of life for those who want to make new connections. Both short-term and long-term relationships are of value, but it takes a while to develop friendships that are more intimate and responsible. It may begin with simple companionship, but over time closeness develops and becomes golden.

A friend is always loyal. . .  a real friend sticks closer than a brother. . . The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. . . As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. (Proverbs 17:27; 18:24; 27:9, 17)