What Caliber of a Friend Are YOU?
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!" -Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Friendship... I'm really not sure how many of us could manage getting through life without friends. Not shallow, insignificant ones... the deep kind. The kind that are there for you during the rough patches, the sort of friends that cross countries to celebrate your milestones, the type that mourn with you in the darkest valleys. They have calloused knees from the constant prayers poured out on your behalf, and they do not shrink back when times are tough. Your heart is lightened in their company, and your joy doesn't seem real ( somehow ) until you have shared it with those friends.
You see, God did not mean for us to walk this road alone. He designed us for community; at the core of our heart is a deep desire to be known. To have close ties to other human beings… confident of the fact that given ANY circumstance - they would be there for us; they would “have our backs."
Prayer: LORD Jesus, only YOU can take these self-centered hearts of stone and turn them into instruments of love and usefulness. Continue to develop the friendships in our lives; may we strive to be friends of YOU and true friends to the ones you’ve entrusted to us. May we not shrink back, but find your strength hidden within our beings and PROVE God's love to those around us. Amen