Read Zephaniah 3
Focus on verse 5
A faithful friend is the one who continues to support you after you have failed them. If you ever find a friend like that you are a blessed person. If you choose to be a friend like that you will enrich not only your own life but also the life of another person. Do not be mistaken, it is not easy to be such a friend – it can be very painful, but it is always worth it at the end of the day.
In this final chapter of the book of Zephaniah, the prophet describes God as such a friend to Jerusalem. He describes the city as oppressive, rebellious and defiled. The officials and leaders are described as lions and wolves, and the priests and prophets as fickle, profane and treacherous.
He then contrasts these with the Lord who is righteous, doing no injustice, continuing to show His justice, while the people know no shame. It actually sounds a little like the culture in which we live currently. People know no shame, have no regard for God or for one another. Yet God is faithful. He continues to bless us with freedom and prosperity…not because we deserve it, but because of His mercy. He is the faithful One who will redeem those who at one point spit in His face. This is the nature of unconditional love, this is also the nature of God.