It's funny how a simple verse can be so convicting once contemplated. Does that ever happen to you?
I was looking for a verse to celebrate love and Valentines Day, and I ran across Proverbs 17:17. Sandwiched between verses describing the perils of evildoing, false talking, and crooked hearts, there's this one little jewel of a proverb:
A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.
It struck me that true friendship, like this verse, is an oasis in the midst of hardships. Love is not just something that we express once a year with a card and flowers, or with pancakes, strawberries, and cool whip. The love of a friend is ever enduring. In the midst of life's adversities, God has given us the gift of friendship to bless us with a reprieve from trials.
As a woman, I typically think of Valentines Day as the day where my husband can shower me with love. I'm just being honest here. If my husband is my best friend, I should be showering him with love at all times.
When conviction comes while I color, I know that I had better pay attention and fix my eyes on the Lord to equip me to love like this. This is not something I am capable of on my own.
My girls each colored a copy and these will be posted around the house as symbols of reminders of truth.
You can download the coloring sheet HERE!
I hope that I can be ever more generous with my love to my friends.
Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.