FRIENDS…

Published on August 17, 2011 by in Devotionals, Testimonies

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I was reading today’s entry of “Our Daily Bread” titled FRIENDS IN THE NIGHT.  It was speaking of the BONDING AND FRIENDSHIP of Jonathan and David.  I immediately started thanking GOD for all the TURE FRIENDS He has given me.  Rarely, they say, can you find a good friend.  But God has blessed me in abundance.  HE has given unto me more than one, more than two, more than three!!!  I call that GOD’S FAVOR!

Are you the kind of friend who will be there ‘til the end?  Are you that friend that no matter what comes, hell or high water, you will be there?  Are you that kind of friend that will WARN A FRIEND of impending danger?  Will you be there when that friend makes a mistake and reputation is blurry?  Will you turn your back or talk against that friend?  Will you stand when all the world is against those friends and will you LOVE THEM even when their love seem questionable?  WHAT KIND OF FRIEND ARE YOU?  Do you have this kind of friend?

For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.  But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.”  (Ecclesiastes 4:10)

Has God placed within your reach friends who will love you when you don’t even love yourself?  Do you have those who have your best interest at heart?  Maybe you should do A FRIEND INVENTORY.  Check out the MOTIVES of your friends.  Are they there?  When GOD blesses you, are they jealous?  When things go wrong, ARE THEY THERE?  When the ANOINTING OF GOD is evident in your life, is there distance between you?  Are these friends the ones that GOD gave unto you?  Are you always arguing?  

“Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?”  (Amos 3:3)

God has in HIS INFINITE WISDOM designed TRUE FRIENDS for you, as He has for me.  I have friends from elementary school and we are still in contact with each other, people of like minds and hearts.  Can you imagine having friendships that have last almost 50 years?  Wow!  I never thought about that.  And when God brought me to this place of living, He had prepared friends for me that have been my TRUE FRIENDS for over 30 years! 

I am thankful today.  I am thanking God because I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have “an ear” to listen and “a heart” to understand.  I am thanking God because I know He has found FAVOR with me because He has blessed me in abundance.  I am thanking God for making me that kind of friend that will respond to people and love them no matter what.  I am thanking God that HE has taught me to LOVE and how to FORGIVE.  I am thanking God for CHOOSING ME for such a time as this to represent Him. He has taught me to BE THERE FOR SOMEBODY … JUST BE THERE …

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”  (Galatians 6:2)

I thank God for teaching me how to walk not thinking of me, how to BE UNSELFISH.  I thank Him for being able to USE ME in the midst of evil that lurks within this world, satan using God’s people.  I thank God for placing HIS COMPASSION within my heart, and within yours.  He promised us all blessings and He is TRUE TO HIS PROMISES.

“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”  (I Peter 3:8-9)

He has blessed me saints.  God has caused me to walk in HIS FAVOR.  When I look back over my life, I realize how wonderful He has really been to me.  I don’t take it for granted.  I am elated that He can call me HIS FRIEND.  I AM who I AM … HIS FRIEND (with a smile).  That causes a peace … a calmness … a stillness … contentment.  I know I’m going to make it because THE GREATEST FRIEND I have is JESUS!!!

Ask God to make you a friend, A TRUE FRIEND.  Ask God to CHANGE YOUR HEART if you find anything in disarray.  It is impossible to be true to others if you aren’t TRUE TO GOD.  So, start there first and everything else will fall into place.  TRUST HIM ON THIS DAY to become YOUR GREATEST FRIEND and your life will be of great use to Him. 

Oh, how I LOVE JESUS because HE FIRST LOVED ME!

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.   No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.  These things I command you, that you love one another.”  (John 15:9-17)

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