August 26, 2009

Faithful Friendship

Written by Boyd Bailey

Faithful Friendship… “Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel. Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father.” Proverbs 27:9-10a

Faithful friendship is a relational fortress that protects you from hurt feelings and misunderstandings. When you decide beforehand to forgive and forget there is no room for lingering resentment. Faithful friendship rises above petty arguments and selfish actions. There is a determination to push through any push backs peacefully through prayer and patience. As Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD” (1 Samuel 20:42a).

Faithful friendships for the Christian are based on Christ. His character becomes the caliber of relationship enjoyed by both parties. You attempt to out serve each other because Jesus served others first above Himself. Best friends forever look for ways to love without fanfare and their expectations are an exhibition in giving, not receiving. They celebrate this transaction of double blessing. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35). They are a pleasant aroma that brings joy to each other’s hearts.

It is good to have friends in close proximity. You enjoy their company because it is a safe and secure environment to be yourself. You can laugh heartily and cry unashamedly. Do you have a close confidant who gives you earnest counsel? Do you have a trusted advisor full of wisdom and discernment? Look to friends of the family who have a track record of faithfulness and wise advice. You honor your parents when you honor their friends.

Faithful friendships are a reflection of your relationship with the Lord. They are permanent, full of grace and truth. Is there a faithful friendship I need to rekindle by reaching out with a phone call or visit? Who do I need to express gratitude because of their faithful friendship all these years? “After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10).

Related Readings: Ezra 10:2-5; Song of Songs 4:10; Acts 28:15; 2 Corinthians 2:15-16

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