What Are Friends For? In this weekly letter I share with you a part of an editorial used by permission from Dr. Shelton Smith editor of the “The Sword of the Lord,” dated February 22, 2008. It is an article I can say over and over again – Amen and Amen too!!!
Friends, Christian ones, are among the very choicest of the Lord’s blessings. Some folks are acquaintances, but they never make room for your friendship. I’ve been blessed beyond words because of the friendships I’ve enjoyed through the years.
Friends are those special people whose love is undeterred by distance or by long lapses of time.
Friends are the ones who pray for you even when there is not a crisis.
Friends are there for you when you do have a special burden or great need.
Friends are unashamed to be your friend even when others are piling on you with unrelenting criticism.
Friends are not going to justify your wrongs or make excuse for your failure, but neither do they turn on you when you err.
Friends are not intimidated by bullies and other would-be intimidators.
Friends do not base the relationship on money or the lack of it.
Friends are gentle when they criticize, correct or coach.
Friends take the initiative instead of waiting for you to think of everything.
Friends are encouragers. They write thank-you notes. They even call on the phone sometimes.
Friends don’t base the friendship on their own personal whims, fancies or agendas.
Friends don’t expect you to do everything they want, when they want, as they want It.
Friends are people of principle instead of preference.
Friends are, when all is said and done, your friends. They are a delight. Such people, warm, gracious, loving, giving and forgiving respect you for who you are.
Friends are the ones still standing when the battle ends.
Friends are such a special breed, absolutely priceless, incredible allies.
And, of course, there are scriptural considerations here too, such as:
“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly” (Proverbs 18:24).
“Make no friendship with an angry man” (Proverbs 22:24).
“A friend loveth at all times” (Proverbs 17:17).
The very contemplation of the concept of friendship brings to mind specific names and faces of some very special people.
If you’re short on friends, I hope you will set your sights on getting that corrected.
If you’re uncertain of a friendship, don’t sulk; reach out.
If you’ve found friendship difficult to acquire and or maintain give yourself and be friendly, whether or not you receive in return.
If someone chooses not to be your friend, he is probably making other poor choices too and chances are very good he may soon need a friend just like you.
We who are saved by God’s grace have one “friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). On Him we can always rely. In Him there is no disappointment. With Him we are confident. By Him we are encouraged and enriched. Amen!
In His Amazing Grace,
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