10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Today as we continue our series of What Is Love, I wanted to look to scripture and reflect on the positive relationships we all have in our life.
I know in many ways we may think friends are just those outsides of our blood, but I have to think that a friend is anyone we chose to keep in our lives. Last Monday, we talked about how powerful this kind of love is. It shows that we decide to let people into our lives and play a vital part in our journey because we have found a similarity to share life experiences that have bonded us together.
This verse speaks to the power of having people in your life that you can confide in. So many times we have questions, we can go through moments where we feel alone, or we just need some advice. This is when these kinds of relationships in our lives are so important.
A friend can be people you’ve met along the way; it can be your spouse or even your family.
God created us to be creatures in the community. He knew there was power in having a group of people in your life. He also blesses your life through them.
Look at Job. In Job 42:10, it says 10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.
It comes as no shock that friends bless your life. They are pillars you can lean on. But, like in everything, we know that some friends may be toxic. Or maybe you’re feeling alone or disillusioned by the people in your life. I believe that God wants you to find others to connect with that you can count on, so at the end, we will pray for those who are looking for a safe circle of friends.
All-in-all there is one that is the greatest friend of all, and his name is Jesus.
John 15:15 says No longer do I call you servants, for the servant, does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
Today’s takeaway is short and simple. Take a moment to tell your friends just how much they mean to you.
Jesus, we thank you for the circles of influence that you have placed in our lives. We thank you for their lives and the impacts they’ve had on ours. We know that nothing is by accident. You set these people apart. We love them, and they may not hear it enough, so remind us today to extend the gratitude they so deserve. We also want to take a moment and pray for anyone who may be looking for people to come beside them and build their life with. We know everyday people feel lonely and disillusioned. We ask that you make your presence known to them. Be the friend they so need. We thank you for being our number one friend who has never left our side. We pray this all in your Holy name, AMEN!