Bible Ballistics: “BBs”    Friendship??  #41

As we’ve talked about heartache recently, I couldn’t help but think about one of the ways that God helps us in our heartache.   He sends us friends, but what does a ‘real’ friend look like?  Not a ‘thumbs up’ sign.

Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

A real friend loves all the time, but what is love?  Biblical love, ‘agape’, is unselfish, unconditional love.  The love of God (which He places in us when we are saved, see Rom 5:5) always does that which is best for the beloved. To be a ‘real’ friend, I will always do the best for my friends.

Proverbs 18:24, “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

To have friends,

I must be a friend—

The giver—rather than the receiver.

Selfless—rather than selfish.

Generous—rather than greedy.

Kind—rather than demanding.

Why?  Because God’s love is in us (Romans 5:5)!!!!

1 Samuel 18:1, “…..that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

David and Jonathan were bound by a loving, committed friendship.  Praise God if you have a friend like that.  But more importantly be that friend.  Praise God for friendship.

That the heartaches can be shared,

and burdens carried by two instead of one.

Thank you Jesus for my friends.

So???  Here’s our shot for the day.  Be a friend and thank God for your friends!!

So??  Jesus calls us HIS friend.

John 15:15b,  “but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Jesus is not only my best friend, HE also teaches me to be a friend to others.

Who needs your friendship today?

Who needs to know you appreciate them?

Thank God and thank them,

while they can hear your kind words.

Give your roses while the recipient can smell them.