Today’s message from God Calling -A.J. Russell, reminds us that our friendship is precious to the Lord.
When I read the message for the first time, I thought it strange that He would want friendship, when He longs to be so much more to us. Then, I thought about the comradery, the fierce loyalty, the total acceptance, and love of some friendships. I didn’t find those things in my family. I did find them in my BFFs; my girls, and some of my boys. We hung together, we clung together, and most of us would die for one another. that’s what I think the message is trying to convey.
Friendship means team effort; everyone’s all in for what’s up. It means sacrifice. It means you go the extra mile, give up your favorite chocolate cupcake for your buddy, right? Yeah, it won’t kill you to eat the strawberry one this time, will it? Really? Friendship means all those things, and much more. I wouldn’t trade any of that joy, any of the tears, or any of those moments for anything in the world. And that’s what Jesus wants from us; and He’s willing to be like that with us. He’s the friend that sticks closer than a brother.
Finally, when I read this message, it causes me to measure up my friendship with my family members. All too often, we take those relationships for granted. Big sister or big brother, or little brother or sister, are usually defined roles with set standards of behavior and privileges, right? Yes. Sometimes you have to take off the sister or brother hat in order to be a real friend; when a family member needs it. The same is true for husbands and wives. I think we can get so busy being mates that it detracts from our friendship. Sometimes friendships are even destroyed after the wedding. That’s sad. Something I found quite helpful, is that thing about there being no Greek or Jew, male or female, and such in Christ Jesus, but all are one in Christ. (Galatians 3:28) Love your neighbor as yourself is another scripture that comes to mind in regard to this message. When we approach our relationships with this attitude, it’s easier to forget “entitlement,” (don’t we feel we have certain entitlements as hubbies or wives, bros or sisters?) and just love and honor one another.
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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, November 9, 2018, 12:37 p.m.