Bible Ballistics: BBs #214 A Fortnight Of Thanks-Living #4
I thank God today for friends. What a blessing to have friends, to be a friend and to be friendly. God says people who are “friendly” will find friends, and some even closer than blood!
“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24
To have a friend is such a blessing and a privilege, but they don’t come easy, nor do they come cheap—and they shouldn’t! Friends should be important enough to us that we are willing to invest ourselves into the lives of others. And while that investment may cost us greatly, the value and return on the investment is of immeasurable and consequential reward. I thank God for my friends, and also for the privilege that God has given to me to walk by their sides in gladness and in sorrow, to be the “picker-upper”, and sometimes to be the “picked-up” one. But through it all the joy of sharing life, love and caring with others is second only to joy of knowing God, who also calls us “friend”!!
“Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” John 15:15
Jesus is making His Father “known unto you”—because that’s what ‘friends’ do! Friends open their hearts and share of themselves with one another. Friends care, they sacrifice time and energy to support and stand by one another. Friendship isn’t always convenient, in fact sometimes it may mean sleepless nights and long days; but a real friend is available in that time of need, often without even being asked. Have you been that one in need? Have you experienced the joy and satisfaction of being the one meeting the need?
As I told a friend, who had been going through a seemingly endless time of “need” and feeling bad because others were always helping her, “Your time to give will come, and you will know how much it means to receive love and help from those who care”! We must remember that people don’t always need us when it’s convenient, but when they have a need—that’s when they need us. In my opinion the cost of friendship is a sacrifice of love, and those who give it will always receive back more than they spend! That’s what friends do! God is my best friend! Am I His friend?
“And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.” James 2:23
Do people see Jesus in you? Are you a friend of God? Do you spend time with Him? If God is our friend, then we can learn how to be a friend to others, and that is the desire of my heart. I’ve been privileged over the last few days to spend time with a friend of many years, and while we don’t get to be together often, when we are together it is such a joy and delight. We’ve each been in the need of help, and we’ve each been privileged to meet the needs of one another –and oh what joy that brings to our hearts when we can share all those “precious memories” of joys and sorrows shared.
Are you being a friend to the friendless? Have you been blessed with those real, precious and faithful friends? Then thank God today—and call that friend, that loved one and tell them so!! Don’t wait until it’s too late to share!
“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Proverbs 17:17