A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
-It is said that blood is thicker than water, but sometimes good friendships create bonds that run deeper than blood relationships. Loyal friends stick around during good and tough times, and are always supportive. We find Jonathan the king’s son, who jeopardized his life to help David when his father wanted to assassinate him (1 Sam 18:4). Jonathan’s act of sacrifice showed his commitment to David and to their friendship; sticking closer than his own brothers. This is the kind of sacrifice that Christ calls us to uphold for one another. To sacrifice our time, resources, skills and experience for the benefit of our friends. To gracefully correct one another when wrong, bring comfort and consolation during difficult times, work together effortlessly holding fast patience, congratulate one another in their achievements and always seek the best for one another.
Lord You are full of mercy and kindness, we thank You for the gift of friends. Help us to love one another and share genuine friendship as You have called us. Direct us when choosing our friends for You are the one who knows the intentions of our hearts. Be with all those who have suffered lost in natural disasters and have mercy on all the persecuted Christians all over the world. You are our Comforter and Helper Holy Spirit, dwell deeply in us and so that we may never lack any good thing. Amen
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