A friend indeed

7 10 2009

Day 22

You’ve heard it said, “A friend in need is a friend indeed”. Most of us consider ourselves to be self reliant, not needing help from anyone but, like it or not, we sometimes end up in situations that we can’t handle alone and, it sure would be nice if someone would come along, at that precise moment, to help out.

It has been proven, time and time again, when 2 people become close friends, they know each other so well that they seem to, intuitively, sense when the other one is in need and, invariable, show up just in time to help.

It has been said that, if you want a friend, you must show yourself to be friendly. Over the years, I have made a lot of friends and, in almost every case, it started with me, simply, being a friendly person, to everyone around me, without expecting anything in return. Eventually, some of these encounters developed into a mutual interaction, involving conversation and, with some, the occasional coffee and, before we even realized it, we had become friends, who get together for the sheer pleasure of having someone to share experiences with.

Before we get too far into this, it is important to point out that, this is not a topic about dating; although, we do believe that every relationship, especially between potential couples, should start out this way and continue throughout life, as friends. My wife is my very best friend, and she feels the same way about me; and it has been like this for over 15 years but, even though our relationship is solid, it is something that we NEVER take for granted.

A good relationship MUST be nurtured on a consistent basis. Some people think that, if a relationship is meant to last, it will just automatically happen…WRONG!!!

The most natural thing in the world to do is to doubt. We doubt that people are sincere; we doubt their honesty, we suspect them of doing things we don’t approve of, and we are quick to assume that everything they say is a lie. The truth is that, doubting comes easy; having faith in someone is difficult and we can’t do it on our own. Look around and see how little trust there is in the world, we lock up everything so others won’t get in because, if we don’t, someone will try to steal it. Countries go to war because someone wants something that doesn’t belong to them. We walk by, and work with, people all day long, and don’t even look at them, let alone talk to them.

Everyone is skeptical of the intentions of everyone else, and they worry themselves sick over it. Do you know that over 90% of all sickness and disease is due to stress, caused by worry and unforgiveness; it’s a fact. And the crazy part about it is that, the person or people we are angry at or afraid of or whatever, aren’t even aware of it; in fact, many times, they don’t even know we exist; and don’t even know, or care, that we are bothered; but, we are the ones suffering.

We would like to throw in a nugget for you, about how to live a long, healthy and happy life; and, it’s all FREE. STOP worrying, about anything, and forgive everyone (including yourself), and start smiling more often. There is an old saying that says, laughter works like a medicine. You need to start laughing, at your situations, rather than getting angry; because anger has never solved anything; in fact, it usually makes it worse; but, if you can laugh at it, you may find that the problem isn’t as bad as you thought; and, perhaps, doing this might help you to find a solution for it, because your mind isn’t clouded with anger; plus, laughter, actually, releases chemicals into your bloodstream that help heal your body.

You say that you are not able to do that? Well, we have some good news for you; there is help available. The Truth of the matter is that all the things we are talking about came from the Bible, God’s written Word. It is God Himself that exhorts you to be happy and to be friendly. WHY? Because He wants to be your FRIEND. That’s right; the God of Heaven, the one who created everything, wants to have a friendship relationship with you.

You say that, this is hard to believe because, you’ve always been told that God, either, doesn’t care or, is just waiting for you to make a mistake so he can clobber you. Trust us, if that were true, none of us would be alive. The Bible tells us that God is Love, and that He loves us, so much, that He allowed His only Son to pay the price for our sin, so we don’t have to. Man has distorted the Truth of God’s Word, to the point, that we see Him as a tyrant; but, nothing could be further from the Truth.

We want to give you a few passages of scripture to look up, to help you see that God wants to be your friend.

James 2:24 tells us that God called Abraham His Friend.

Exodus 33:11 says, God spoke to Moses, face to face, as a man would speak to a friend.

John 11:11 – Jesus called Lazarus, and the Disciples, friends.

Proverbs 17:17 tells us that a friend loves – always.

Proverbs 18:24 says, a true friend sticks closer than a brother.

John 15:13 says, friends will put their lives on the line for their friends.

Jesus said that we are His Friends if we believe on Him and do what He told us to do, which is to love others, as He has loved us, and that He willingly went to the cross to pay the penalty for sin that we could not pay, so that we could be FREE.

When we see someone, who we think is very strong and can fight very well, we like to think that it would be good to have this person on our side. Jesus defeated death, hell and the grave and rose again and sits on the throne of God, to fight, on our behalf, to help us make it to Heaven.

Jesus is “A friend indeed”.

 

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