Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Value of a good friend

Who can put a price tag on the value of a good friend? We all have many acquaintances and family members but that doesn’t mean they are good friends. True friendship is enduring and growing, it’s alive and very rare in our world today. This shouldn’t be the case for believers. We each have the potential of being a good friend and having many good friends in the body of Christ. The Bible is full of examples of enduring friendships that honored God and were a blessing to those committed in that friendship. We too need to develop solid friendships like those illustrated in scripture: Abraham had a special friendship with God (Ex. 33:11). King Solomon and his bride were in a loving relationship that grew out of friendship (Song 5:16). David and Jonathan (1Sam. 18:1-4; 23:16-18) had a brotherly love that flowed out of a deep friendship with each other. As men we need to develop some strong and deep relationships with other men. This is something that is hard for some of us to do. Our ladies have the examples of Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 1:16-17), and Mary and Martha (Lk. 10 & Jn. 11) among many others that can serve as a guide for them in developing friendships with other woman. As couples in our relationships with other couples or singles we can use the example of the friendship Paul developed with Priscilla and Aquile (Rom. 16:3-4).
We are shaped by our friendships (Pr. 27:17). Friendships are used by the Lord to help carry us through most of the adversity we face in this life (Pr. 17:17). Our friendships have the potential to become closer than the relationships we have with some of our own family members, especially family members who don’t know Christ (Pr. 18:24). Good friends help grow us up in the Lord by correcting us in love when that’s needed, which is often the case for most of us (Pr. 27:6). Friends give us the opportunity to intercede (Job 42:10) and in so doing we draw closer to God which will have a blessed effect on us as well as the friend we are remembering in prayer.
I can honestly say I am married to my very best friend. The Lord has given me more good friends than any one person deserves. These friendships mean the world to me, as I’m sure your friendships mean to you. Today Judy and I are thanking the Lord for "Friends" like YOU and that means we are thanking Him for YOU!
We love you!
PB & J

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