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A Faithful Friend

by Copied from Eastern Hills Church of Christ Bulletin

2 Timothy 1:16-17 (NKJV)16 The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; 17 but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found me.


          After one of my relatives had a stroke, she needed help to get around and could no longer remember recent events. One day my wife, Ginny, suggested that we take her out to dinner. I wondered if we should, because afterward she wouldn’t even remember what we had done. Ginny responded, “While we are with her she will know we love her.” How true!

      All of us need to know we are loved. I recall the answer I received when I asked a 90-year old shut-in how his grandchildren were doing. He said, “I don’t know, I never see them.”

     The apostle Paul was locked in a damp Roman dungeon, awaiting execution. He couldn’t help but feel hurt that many former friends had deserted him. How grateful he was for the friendship of Onesiphorus!

     This man left his family and an active ministry in Ephesus to befriend Paul. When he arrived in Rome, he searched diligently to find where Paul was imprisoned (2 Timothy 1:17). And he courageously visited the apostle again and again. Paul said of Onesiphorus, “He often refreshed   me, and was not ashamed of my chain” (v.16).

     Remember, “A friend loves at all times,” especially in adversity (Proverbs 17:17). Like Onesiphorus, let’s commit ourselves to being faithful to our friends.

Someday I hope with you to stand

Before the throne, at God’s right hand.

And say to you at journey’s end

Praise God, you’ve been to me a friend.


Adversity is the test of true friendship.


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That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:10