Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"I'm His Best Friend!"

Three men were discussing a mutual acquaintance. Their sharp tongues shredded his reputation.

One of them sighed, “You don’t know the man as well as I do!”

“Oh yes I do,” countered another. “I’m his best friend!”

It is nice to have acquaintances. But deep within us God has planted a craving, a real need for true, authentic friends.

When we are at our worst or our weakest, we need someone who will help and not hurt, care and not condemn. Someone who is merciful, someone who is not calloused but compassionate, someone who knows us inside and out and accepts us as we are, as God does.

The Bible says, “A friend loves at all times. He is there to help when trouble comes.” Friendship is important to God for we find many references to it in His Word. He also encourages us to hold fast to our friends and to protect them in times of adversity.

We have all had those “friends” in life who have let us down, spoken unkindly of us, were not there for us when we needed them. Since Scripture speaks of friendship as a significant part of life, and since we know the importance of friendship, perhaps we can seek out the lonely and unloved and become a true Christian friend to them as Christ has done for us.

Prayer: Lord, help us to be to others as You are to us: someone who is loyal, trusting, honest, willing to listen and help, and never beyond reach. In Your Name, Amen.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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