Happy Monday. “Saying ‘just a friend’ is like saying eternity is ‘just forever’ or that the ocean is ‘just a pond.’” –Jack Hyles
My mind goes to friends today for two reasons. Once, I’m teaching the book of Job in my Sunday School class and the not very good friends who came to “comfort” Job. (with friends like this, who needs enemies?)
Second, every week I think of you, the friends I know, and those I have not yet come to know. But I’m aware that you, like I, need something to start the week.
Ted Engstrom in his book, The Fine Art of Friendship, says he wants us to realize how precious friendship is. “It can’t be bought, borrowed, or manufactured, but must be cultivated like a tender plant.”
We need one another!
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 tells “two are better than one…if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow….and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Someone has said, “A friend walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
A soldier was asked after being severely wounded, “Did you fall?” to which he replied, “No, my buddies gathered so close to me, I couldn’t fall.”
We should have a desire to be a friend. Look around. Many lonely people in your church, neighborhood, stores where you shop, are crying for someone to notice, to be their friend.
Do you need a friend today? Jesus said in John 15:15, “I call you not servants…but I have called you friends.” Continuing in verse 16 He says, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you…”
With our faults and failures? Yes!
Victor Hugo wrote, “The greatest happiness in life is the conviction we are loved for ourselves, or rather in spite of ourselves.”
“Friendship with Jesus,
Oh, what blessed sweet communion,
Jesus is a friend of mine.”