Friendship

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Friendship: The state or fact of being friends;
mutual liking or esteem. Friend: One who is personally
known by oneself and for whom one has warm regard or affection.

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Devotion for Friendship

“With every friend I love who has been taken into the brown bosom of the earth
a part of me has been buried there; but their contribution to my being of happiness,
strength and understanding remains to sustain me in an altered world.”
~ Helen Keller ~

     There is no doubt that friendship is as vital, in this life, as the very air we breathe. A friend is one of life’s best gifts. A friend is another soul that is wandering around in the world looking for its companion. I don’t think that there is a good explanation for why people become friends, but the results of friendship are undeniable! As Helen Keller stated above, friends contribute to each other’s well being, giving them happiness, strength and above all understanding. A friend allows us to feel the way we feel, think the way we think and act the way we act, without chiding, correction or condemnation. Friends are free to expose their inner most feelings, without fear of retribution. Friends share the good, the bad and the ugliest of their personalities . . . and yet they remain friends.

     In the course of my lifetime, I have known many people, but what they say is true; “I can count my true friends on one hand.” Maybe you are like me; most of my friends are in my own family. My sister has been my closest and most cherished friend since we were small children. We are truly like “Two peas in a pod”. Yes, we are sisters, but the bond goes much deeper than that. We laugh at the same things, we believe in each other and we can tell each other things that we don’t want to share with anyone else in the world. We know that our thoughts and feelings are safe with each other. We are not concerned about betrayal, we are certain that what we talk about will not be shared with anyone else. If needed, we can, and do gently correct each other. We greatly appreciate each other’s honesty and correction. Even though we may not have not seen each other for a while, once we are together, it is as if no time has passed at all. I thank God for my sister, my best friend, my confidant, the one who mirrors the best part of me. If you are fortunate enough to have a friend, praise God for the blessing.

     In closing, as the song says “What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear, and what a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.” This song is the truth, we do have a friend in Jesus, but God also knew we would need special people in our lives. I believe they are called friends! Remember; “To have a friend, you must be a friend.” You must invest yourself in another to reap the benefits of friendship. It is worth the risk! Be willing to open your heart to another; be willing to listen to another; be willing to trust another; be willing to pray for another; be willing to ask someone for help and advice. Trusting another person is scary, but necessary. The benefits are immeasurable, the risks are minimal and you will have someone to call “Friend”.

Relating Scriptures:

Exodus 33:11
The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his fried.

I Samuel 18:1
After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.

Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 18:24
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 27:6
Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

Proverbs 27:9
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
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! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Job 6:14
“A despairing man should have the devotion of his friends, even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.”

John 15:12-15
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I not longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

Job 16:20-21
My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.

 

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