How many friends do you have? Do you become overjooyed when you can add another friend to your list of Facebook buddies? Are you a charismatic person who seems to simply attract friends like flies to flypaper? Do you judge your worth by the number of friends you have? In a world that is so consumed with numbers, we tend to put a lot of stock in quantity rather than quality.
Today kids can have at least ten best friends forever and probably more. Some of us old fogies are losing lifetime friends to death or illness and we see our friend list evaporating. When we’re in the middle years of life, our friends can influence our careers, give us encouragement, help and support. The point is, we were not created to be loners. God saw that early in His creation process and created a helper for Adam – a woman – taken from Adam’s own body – to be his friend, lover and partner in life.
Friendships should last a lifetime, right? The truth is, people move apart from each other; their ideas may differ after a while; their beliefs may change; their interests become different than ours. There are many reasons we separate from people we know.
Sometimes these broken relationships are a result of hurt feelings or misunderstanding. It’s hard to turn back and ask for forgiveness if you’re the one who feels wronged. If we feel that we’ve been mistreated, wrongly accused, betrayed, used or slandered our natural inclination is to strike back. Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek, but that isn’t so easy to do. God gives the perfect example of how we should forgive others by what He has done for us through His ultimate sacrifice.
Friendships come and go. We may gain friends as quickly as we lose them. Have you thought about how being a friend can really change your life? When you place another person ahead of yourself – when you’re willing to give up anything for that person – when you’re ready to die for them – you have truly become a friend. That’s what Jesus did for us. Jesus truly is our BFF&E (Best Friend Forever & Ever_
Thank you, dear Lord Jesus, for taking away my guilt through your blood. I don’t deserve such perfect love. Please give me a heart full of forgiveness and friendship for others, so that your love will always shine through. Amen!