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Ezra 7:10

“Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the LORD, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.”

And Friends are Friends Forever

And Friends are Friends Forever

My daughter is an amazing young lady.  I’m so proud of everything she does, including the friends she has chosen. 

I’ve never really been good at the whole friendship thing.  I had several in high school, but most of those didn’t hold up over the years.  Distance seemed to get in the way.  I like to compensate for the lack of friends by saying that my family is enough.  However, I often have to wonder if I should have more friends than just my family members.  Now, don’t get me wrong, my family means the world to me, but outside of my family, I don’t have that person to talk to about thoughts, about feelings, about well… life.

There are several people I’m close to.  Several members of my church that I know I could call if I was in a pinch, but are they really my friends?  I work very well with many people at my job, and we talk about many things, but of all the people I work with, I’ve only been to one other persons house, and never hand anyone over to mine.  I don’t open up to other people about the important things, at least not very easily. 

My daughter is much better than me with the friend thing, and I’m so happy for her.  The group that I was blessed to take Courtwarming images of this last February is a testament to that.  Such a group of wonderful young ladies. They’ve been in Talia’s life for many years.  They are good kids.  They get good grades, they are respectful, they work hard, and most importantly, they care about each other.  I pray that Talia can continue her choices in friends, and keep them for a long time.

GOD is big on friends as well.  When HE created us, HE created us for relationships.  Relationships with each other, and with HIM.  HE wants us to have friends here on earth, and be a good friend with HIM.  The bible is full of information about things like choosing your friends wisely.  About choosing friends that build you up, not tear you down.  About choosing friends that are there when you need them.  Here are some of my favorite verses that deal with the importance of friends.

Genesis 2:18 

Then the LORD GOD said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper corresponding to him.”

Proverbs 13:20 

The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.

Proverbs 22:24-25 

Don’t make friends with an angry person, and don’t be a companion of a hot-tempered one, or you will learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 

Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts.  For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.  Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm?  And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken. 

1 Corinthians 15:33  

Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11 

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.

One of the most important friendships in the bible though should be ours with JESUS.  I love the book of John chapters 14-16.  They seem to me such an intimate portrait of JESUS talking with his friends.  He spent three years on Earth with his disciples, and his view of them changed in John 15.

John 15:12-15 

“This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you.  No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends.  You are MY friends if you do what I command you.  I do not call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from my FATHER. 

JESUS called them HIS friends.  How lucky are they!?  I hope and pray everyday that someday… JESUS will call me a friend.  What a glorious day that would  be.

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Song: Friends by Michael W. Smith

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