Who are your friends? Do you actually like them? Do you even love them sometimes? The Bible says we should love them at all times. [Proverbs 17:17] You and I are friends; we are a special kind of friends. We are the kind of friends that Jesus talks about, those who keep his commandments. [John15:14] What is his basic commandment in this context: that we love one another as he has loved us. [John15:12] Remember, he gave his life for us- -the ultimate sacrifice! In fact, in Jesus says there is no greater love than this: that a person would give up her life for her friend. [John 15:13] Loving as Jesus loved- -putting your life on the line for your friends – – is the best way to love. Although this kind of love probably will not demand your physical life, it may demand, at various inopportune times, your talent, your time , and your treasure. Nevertheless, friends are unselfish; they help each other.
A friend who is strong in a certain area helps her friend who is weak — in that same area– to bear her infirmities, her burdens. [Romans 15:1] More poignantly, a “strong” friend discerns when a “weak” friend needs some “coming alongside” strength. There is nothing wrong with being especially discerning about the welfare of a friend. Apostle Paul encourages friends, as we have opportunity, to do good to all persons, especially those who are of the household of faith. [Galatians 6:10] According to another version of the same scripture: Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people who are closest to us in the community of faith. [Message] In my own words, As we have opportunity, as it comes to our attention, let us care for/do good unto those who are our acquaintances, especially those who travel with us on this journey, those who are believers. The Amplified version says it best:
So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do
good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable
to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and
advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of
the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with
you, the believers].
As, friends, we are sometimes strong and sometimes weak, but we are not all strong or all weak at the same time.
From this background, may I solicit your personal intercession for some friends who are weak right now? They are “going through some thing” and they need some “come alongside” strength. I present to you these groups of our friends:
Group #1 – A mother and father whose exhilarated happiness upon the
birth of their first child has been tempered by learning that
their infant son faces severe developmental issues
Group #2 – A family concerned for a seasoned educator and local doyen
who lost her house and all of its contents because of a
kitchen fire. She was unharmed, physically.
Group #3 – Two young entrepreneurs, each of whom has stepped out on
her faith and under the leadership of the Holy Spirit to start
her own business
Group #4 – Two friends, each working while waiting for God to move
definitively as they consider/make their career/life choices
Group #5 – Three friends who are dealing with family issues regarding
the health and the death of treasured loved ones
Group #6 = Friends who are dealing with addictions
[Addiction – any thing/ person/ activity that takes our
time, attention, and talent away from the things of God]
Praise God for your intercession and his faithfulness!
As you walk with the Lord today, be a friend !