A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 KJV
We visited this scripture this weekend but I believe there is more gold to mine here. This scripture refers to our natural friends but if you study it out it is really taking about Jesus. Jesus loves ALL THE TIME, Whether you are good, bad, indifferent. Jesus is the only One that loves this way consistently. We can grow into this type of love because the Love of God the Father is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. Many times we can think this is difficult or even impossible based on how people treat us but this is Agape Love. Agape Love is the God kind of love that is unconditional. It is a decision based love not a treatment or action based love. This decision to Love is Who God our Father is. To decide to act any other way than in Love towards you would be to cause Him to violate Himself which The Father will not do. This Love assist Him in everything that He thinks and does.
Also look at the next portion of the scripture. A ‘brother’ is born for adversity. In the natural this means that a brother, Christian brother included should be a help in adversity. He should be there for you while you are in affluence as well as in adversity and even more so then. A well-known Jewish Rabbi named Jarchi stated: a brother is born for adversity; for a time of adversity, he is born into the world for this purpose; to sympathize with his brother in distress, to relieve him, comfort and support him; and if he does not do this, when it is in his power to do it, he does not answer one of the ends or purposes for his being born into the world. I find that strangely intriguing and encouraging and enlightening as I examine my friendships. I am not in dire straits but when I think “Which of my friends would be there for me in such a manner?” it is very eye-opening. But Jesus WAS BORN for adversity. This is why NO ONE but Him is worthy of our ultimate and utmost confidence and trust. Why? Because Jesus is faithful and had proved this faithfulness by agreeing to come to Earth and die for us. Many people think that Jesus has and had a law based relationship with The Father God. Like God just told Jesus, “Go down there and do this!” NOTHING IS FURTHER from DA TRUTH. The Father had a talk with Jesus and Jesus agreed to that assignment and told the Father, “If you prepare Me a Body, I will go!” The Father did the same thing with you if you are born again. He talked with you first and you agreed. You were in a pure spirit state at that time and you love the Father with the same love He loved you with. The book of first John alludes to this mission and ambassador relationship as well. Now this is revelation I have received and if you look at the scripture you will see it as well. Being an ambassador is an assignment that a person agrees to take.
There suddenly appeared a man upon the human scene, sent off as an ambassador from God’s presence, his name, John. John 1:6 Kenneth Wuest Translation
So you see just like John and Jesus you were sent as an ambassador for a specific mission to relieve and remove adversity in someone’s life. Sin or missing the mark is adverse to us and to our well-being. Jesus was born to take away every adverse situation and circumstance. You are in Jesus so you assist Him in this removal of adversity. That is one of the reasons He was born and you were born again. So while we acknowledge Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we must also keep in mind and heart that He IS our Brother and Friend. He is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother.
All the blessed to you!!! Shalom!