Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things in life. (James Francis Byrnes, late Supreme Court Justice)
Who are our real friends? Who enjoys and serves us without hidden agendas or designs to use us for their own advancement? Maybe we should ask, Who are we real friends to—seeking only their well-being and not using them for our purposes? Friends without self-interest, as Byrnes suggests are uncommon. That’s the kind of friend we ought to be.
A friend is always loyal. . . The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. (Proverbs 17:17; 27:9)