Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Seize the Gift of Friendship

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

21st November 2010

Carpe diem is a popular Latin expression. It means, “seize the day.”

The truth of those words is very important; for we should certainly be people who take advantage of every meaningful opportunity in life.

One of those great opportunities to be seized is the gift of friendship, about which the Bible has a great deal to say.

In Proverbs 18:24 we are advised,

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

What kind of a friend is this?

Well we are given a clue in Proverbs 17:17,

‘A friend loves at all times…’

And of course the greatest mark of friendship is found in the words of Jesus himself:

‘Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends’ (John 15:13).

As Christians we cannot afford to overlook the gift of a friend. When failure strikes, when discouragement is unrelenting, the comfort of a dear friend is indeed a special gift.

When we go through the tough, hurtful and lonely times that often invade our lives, we may choose to go through those dark valleys by ourselves, falsely thinking that any expression of disappointment or fear is an admission of unbelief.

Or we can draw near to that one whom we know likes us, prays for us, supports us and when things get difficult is there to be with us and for us. An available ear and an encouraging word can help lift a discouraged spirit.

Of course, no one can ever take the place of our Lord. He is the greatest friend of all.

And we know that we can ‘…approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need’. (Hebrews 4:16).

But that greatest of friends brings others into our lives who also want to be our friends; and all of us need their understanding, counsel, and support.

They are gifts from God, and they too, just like Jesus, can become channels of strength and vehicles of God’s grace.

So seize the love of a friend, and seize the opportunity to be a friend yourself.

‘The sweet smell of incense can make you feel good, but true friendship is better still’. (Proverbs 27:9 CEV).

Have a good week being friendly,

Pastor Barry

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