Friendship that flows from the heart cannot be frozen by adversity, as the water that flows from the spring cannot congeal in winter. (James Fenimore Cooper, 19th century American author)

How many friends do you have? We can probably list dozens of acquaintances that we might consider friends. But deep friendship requires interaction and commitment—usually over some period of time. As Cooper suggests, it’s a friendship that “flows from the heart,” so it isn’t easily disturbed. It’s lasting and mutually beneficial.

A friend is always loyal. . . a real friend sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 17:17; 18:24)