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verse 10: “Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, And do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity; Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away.”

My wife and I became close friends with a co-worker of mine some years ago. We were there for her as she went through a divorce and a job change. We were even part of her wedding to her second husband. Most memorable of all is when we found out that she had accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, after she had moved away for another job change. We rejoiced with her in that most wonderful decision. We consider her our “little sister” and she has referred to us as her “big siblings”. She did tell me once that I had been more of a brother than her true brother who lives many states away; I’ve always considered that a high compliment.

That memory above is a good example of today’s verse. Footnotes in my Bible and in the Holman Concordance on Proverbs (page 176) clarify that this verse doesn’t slam familial relationships; it praises the neighbor who is a friend in need. Sometimes family can live too far away to be of immediate help in times of crisis; that’s where, as a Christian friend and neighbor, we should be ready to step in and help our fellow neighbors. After all…what would Jesus do?

Something to think about today.

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