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Becoming a Good Friend
6/17/2014

Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.  But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NKJV)

We can see throughout Scripture how blessed we are to have a good friend, as well as being one in return.  A friend can be someone who we have a close relationship with, and who we trust.  It can be someone we have a casual relationship with, such as a co-worker or a mutual acquaintance through a close friend.  A friend can also be anyone not considered an enemy or hostile towards us.

As we look to the Scriptures God has given us great insight as to what it means to be His friend, or a proper friend.  We can see Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, and he was called the friend of God (James 2:23).  This is great news because prior to our salvation we were once declared to be enemies of God (Rom. 5:10).  But since we have been washed with the blood of Jesus, we are now friends and family. 

Proverbs tells us a friend loves at all times (Prov. 17:17), and a man of many companions might come to ruin, but a friend sticks closer than a brother (Prov. 18:24).  And Jesus tells us this about friendship.

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13 (NKJV)

So it sounds like God’s idea of being a friend goes way beyond being a mere acquaintance, or someone who is simply not our enemy.   Being a true friend by God’s definition is to be Christ-like, which means to be selfless and willing to serve and do what is best for others regardless of what it costs us. 

We need to have good Christian friends in our lives.  It is essential to have people who will give us good Christian counsel, and who can support us when we are in need.  God is there for us as a friend, and He will work through others who are true friends so both people can grow from the times of testing, and blessing.

When we isolate ourselves, we can become weak.  It is much like having only one strand of cord to try to bind something.  But when two or three cords are woven together in a strand, it becomes a powerful rope, and it can withstand a tremendous amount of pressure and stress without breaking.  Each cord has its place as each one supports the others, allowing all three combined to do things normally impossible.

Q:         How can we make new friends as Christians?

By sharing what God has done in your life as a living testimony, and loving others unconditionally where they are.  It’s not trying to fix them, but allowing God to love them through you.  When we allow this to happen we will make many friends, and we will have done what Jesus did, and what He has asked of all His disciples. 

STUDY QUESTION: Why was Abraham called God’s friend?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you being the type of friend God has called you to be to “ALL” those He has placed within your life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Think about what it means to be a friend of God. Now choose to be the friend God has called you to be to all those around you. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Father, thanks for being my friend and considering me a friend to You as well.  Help me be the person You have called me to be.  And help me to be the friend I am to be to those You have brought into my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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