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From the Heart: God’s Gift of Friendship

February 2, 2019 by  
Filed under Articles, Devotional, From the Heart

King Solomon, whom God said was the wisest man on earth, wrote the following:

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!

Though one may be over powered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Eccl. 4:9-10, 12

Can you imagine seeing a co-worker under tough pressure, trying to meet a deadline. And no one stops by to offer help or advise? He watches the clock roll on, 4 o’clock soon turning to 6 o’clock and the office turns into a ghost town. Imagine day after day carrying a seemingly impossible load and having no one to turn to for support or guidance. No one who will listen. That’s hard.

There are many pressures that people face in the work place and in life in general. It’s easy to see these days how loneliness can lead to despair. God never intended us to bear these burdens alone. However, it’s hard to realize this when we are in the midst of temptations and trials.

Once I heard a person in our department saying that he was overloaded with work and could not possibly make the pre-determined deadline. He was very concerned because this could potentially hold up the entire job. Rather than give the man encouragement and or assistance his manager who happened to be standing near by said no one was as busy as he was and he didn’t want to hear it. Instead of lifting him up in his time of need the manager seemed to bury him with his own problems. In showing support and offering friendship where appropriate we reflect the nature of God.

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 

Proverbs 18:24

Helen Steiner Rice wrote a beautiful poem titled “The Gift of Friendship”.

Friendship is a Priceless Gift that cannot be bought or sold,

But its value is far greater than a mountain made of gold –

For gold is cold and lifeless, it can neither see nor hear,

And in the time of trouble it is powerless to cheer –

It has no ears to listen, no heart to understand,

It cannot bring you comfort or reach out a helping hand –

So when you ask God for a gift, be thankful if HE sends

Not diamonds, pearls or riches, but the love of real true friends.

True friendship is a gift from God. As the poem says, it can’t be bought or sold. It’s not something we can hold in our hand but only in our heart. I suggest to you that the greatest friend anyone could ever have is Jesus Christ. If you are looking for a real true friend, one that will never leave you or forsake you it’s Jesus. His door is always open. The scripture says, “Knock and the door will open, seek and you shall find.” May God bless you today and always. In Jesus Holy Name, AMEN!

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