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July 19, 2018 Daily Devotion from Vernon UMC

Devotional at Vernon UMC

Friendship

19 JUL 2018

"...When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him..."
~ Job 2:11

Essayist, Anais Nin put it beautifully when she said, "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." Though some natural loners are happy without them, most of us depend greatly on the company of true friends. As with any relationship, friendships bring support and joy and occasionally strife. Here's how to make friends, understand friendship better, and appreciate why friends matter. If chosen right, our friends can be the greatest source of love, healing, joy, and encouragement.

When competition is removed from friendship, then real growth begins. A true friend is a valuable ally. Being a friend of God is the greatest gift on earth. To know you are deeply loved by the Lord of All Creation brings genuine joy. "For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son." (Romans 5:10, NLT)

So how do we find out which of our friends are true friends? Here is one way: wholeheartedly commit your life to Jesus Christ, and you will find out who your true friends are. Before I was a Christian, I thought I had a lot of friends. Then when I asked Christ to come into my life, I realized that I didn't have any real friends. They all deserted me, because they did not want to follow the God that I had chosen to follow.

Here's another way to determine who your friends are. They will be standing by you when a hardship or crisis comes. Jesus had a lot of fair-weather friends. They were there when He was doling out bread and fish. When He was healing and speaking His words of love and compassion, they were everywhere. But where were they when He was arrested and taken away? They were gone. A true friend will be loyal to the end.

Father, I give you (name) and thank you for them.I thank you for everything that they are and for all their gifts and talents. I thank you for the many things that they have given to others and for all the kindness that they have shown me. Lord, at the beginning of time You breathed Your life into creation. May you breathe Your life into them now So that each step they take is filled with Your faith Each thought they think is filled with Your hope and each moment they live is filled with Your love. May they fully know Your life and fully live in Your love this day and every day.

Amen.

Be encouraged and stay strong; be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Peace, Love & Joy

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