“I have more than 500 friends,” she so proudly announced. As I pondered this ecstatic utterance from my younger and technically savvy acquaintance, I recalled the booming voice of my law school practice court professor long ago: “Imprecise!” At least in my archaic and social media-limited frame of reference, friend is a term carefully and reverently reserved for a few very special people in one’s life.
The Book of Proverbs indicates that a “friend loves at all times” (Prov. 17:17). It adds: “Some friends play at friendship, but a true friend sticks closer than one’s nearest kin” (Prov. 18:24).
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