Posted on January 29, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
You may have many friends but only a few intimate ones. A friend is someone who you may go to the mall with or just hang out at the deli to share lunch. Whatever the case may be you want to share your life with them. Sometimes it may be a telephone call to ask “how are you”, or it may be to just be there with them while going through a crisis in their lives.
There was a time in my life, many years ago, when God used my friends to come alongside of me in a crisis situation: they just needed to be there. Their presence was enough. Some of these friends have gone home to the Lord, others have moved away, and some still live nearby. I thank God for the friends He has put in my life and the ones that He still plans on crossing my path. The Lord has shown me the benefits of using our redeemed past circumstances to benefit others. In 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 we read, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God (ESV).
King David’s friendship with Jonathan: “A person who went the distance for his friend was Jonathan. His friendship with David is one of the most outstanding and moving stories in all of Scripture, perhaps in all of literature. . . . Few are the people blessed enough to know a committed friendship such as Jonathan’s. David calls Jonathan his brother, reminiscent of the verses from Proverbs. Jonathan was closer to David than a brother. Commitment is the word that unlocks the real meaning of friendship.” You can read about David and Jonathan in I Samuel 19 and 20.
Real friendships don’t just happen, and they aren’t maintenance-free. Ask yourself and your friend questions like these:
“How would you describe our friendship?”
“What is God doing in each of us, separately and together?”
“How can we help each other become all God wants us to be?”
Seeking another person’s highest good: that’s being a true friend.
The best friend we can ever have is the One who paid the penalty for our sins on the Cross of Calvary, Jesus the One and Only. He is always with us!
Written by Pat Spies: Pat Spies is a servant of the Lord, and a friend of Keswick
Think About This: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him” –John Piper
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. -Joshua 1:8
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.