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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

FRIENDSHIP IS PRETTY AWESOME

 Friends are one of the greatest treasures of life! A true friend is even more special. Friends like the kind that stick closer than a brother and a friend who likes you warts and all. Friends who you can trust with your deepest secrets and thoughts and not be laughed at or put down. Friends that will go the extra mile to help you out. Friends that will change their plans if you have a need. Friends that let you cry on their shoulder and you need say nothing. Friends will not hurt your feelings. Friends are there when the world walks out on you. Friends that will not judge you or put you down. Friends that will listen.


Then there are friends who seemingly were not real friends at all who put you on the shelf because you are 'out of season' and no longer needed. Maybe you annoy them in some way and they prefer to not be around you anymore. Maybe they disagree with things in your life and cannot love you despite these 'warts'.  True, there are friends that come and go due to certain seasons of your life or places you have  lived .
 
 We are not to be ugly to these people that do this but instead be grateful for the time they were good friends and the time they were in your life. Miles and years can separate friends but a real true friend can always pick up where you left off when you are back together. A friend loves at all times. When you go through things you find out who your true friends are.

 
 Matthew 5:44 says "Pray for your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." This could mean friends who have turned on you and done hurtful things. You are commanded to love like Jesus loves. We do not have the right, according to GOD'S word, to be angry and ugly back at them. Luke 6:27 says " But I tell you, love your enemies and do good to those who hate you." Proverbs 17:17 says "A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity." Further  in Proverbs 18:24 it says " A man of many companions comes to ruin, but there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother."

Do you have that kind of friend? Are you that kind of friend? Have you hurt someone? Go ask forgiveness and pray for restoration.  There is an epidemic of loneliness out there so if you have a special trusted friend do not forget to thank them for they are truly a treasure from God above. Go look for someone who seems lonely and make a new friend!

PRAYER: Lord I thank you so much for the gift of true friendship. I thank you for each and every person you have blessed me with as friends for even if they no longer want to be a friend I learned something from each relationship. Lord I ask you to bless my friends today. Help me never be closed to making new friends and help me look for a lonely person to befriend. In Jesus name. Amen.

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