The friendship that can cease has never been real. (Saint Jerome, 4th century theologian)

We call them “Fair-weather friends,” companions we thought were close but who left our side when things got tough. Those are really hurtful experiences, but we can all recall times like that. It’s a good time to evaluate our relationships. We want to have friends we can trust, who will always support us; and we want to be lasting friends to others, too.

A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need . . . There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 17:17; 18:24)