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Friends
July 10, 2013

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            from Don Anderson

Friends

“A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” – Proverbs 17:17


For the last five years they have met every day.

Daily at the same time he turns down the alley to meet her.

 

As soon as he announces himself she responds to the sound of his voice.

They greet each other with affection.

Then they go for a walk.

 

He is called man’s best friend.  She is regarded as a woman’s dream companion.

He is a dog.  She is a cat.

 

They don’t belong to the same owner.  In fact they don’t even live in the same neighborhood.

The owners didn’t know of this unusual friendship until neighbors saw the two of them together so frequently and commented to the cat’s owner, who then followed the dog home to meet his owner.

How it started no one knows.

 

Wouldn’t it be great to have friends like this?  No words.  No judgment.  No expectations.

                 Two friends that recognize the value of each other and appreciates each other.

  

Solomon, the wise king, spoke of such a friendship.

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.  If one person falls, the other can reach out and help.  But someone who is falls alone is in real trouble.  Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm.  But how can one be warm alone?  A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12a

 

True friends not only rejoice with us but they stand with one another in times of despair and trouble.

True friends bring warmth (emotional, physical and spiritual) to each other.

True friends protect their friends and stand up for them when they can’t stand for themselves.

 

“There are friends who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.” – Proverbs 18:24

 

Some people see themselves as being “great friends” to others around them.  But in reality they are seeking something from the relationship.  And when trouble comes they disappear.

Think of Jesus’ disciples once he was taken before Pilate...they abandoned him because they feared for themselves.  Peter claimed he would never leave.  But he did.  He stayed close enough to know what was going on, but when confronted he denied knowing Jesus or being his friend.

 

Jesus taught, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13

 

While we are never expected to physically give up our life, we are called to become like Jesus in our Christian walk.  And figuratively, if we want to be like Jesus, we must be willing to lay down our lives for our friends.  Real friendship is made complete in how it dies to self and serves, supports, defends our friends.  True friends refuse to allow each other to remain in the same place emotionally and spiritually.

 

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” – Proverbs 27:17

 

May I challenge you to evaluate the kind of friend you are to others?

Could you do more than you are doing?  Could you take your friendships to another level?

Do you...can you...will you lay down your life for your friends?

Will you become more like Christ?

 

“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

Matthew 5:16

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