Make Friends

 

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT) state, "Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds.  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near."

 

I love the way the New Living Translation puts this verse.  "THINK of ways to encourage one another!!!! " When was the last time you took the time to think of how you could encourage another believer.  This is a great first step to making a friend.  Sometimes too many of us sit back and wait for someone to want to take the initiative to invest in our life.  Then we wonder why it has been so many months (or even years) that we have been involved in the church WITHOUT making one true friend.  We ALL have busy lives, but God made us to LOVE one another.  If we go through our entire life living in seclusion from others, then life will eventually become dry.  God made us for FELLOWSHIP with Him and others!  

 

Let us be encouraged to PRAY specifically about whom God would have each of us invest some time into so that ALL of us can enjoy the benefits of true friendship.  Maybe it is someone that serves in the classroom right beside yours that could use a prayer partner over the phone or over lunch once a week!  Maybe it's your teaching partner that you have never seen outside of serving in the Children's ministry together.  Maybe you need to get involved in a small group Bible study.  God wants us to have a couple of close Christian friends to be able to walk through life together.  

 

Proverbs 27:17 states, "As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend."

Proverbs 27:9 states, "... And the sweetness of a man's friend gives delight by hearty counsel."

Proverbs 17:17 states, "A friend loves at all times..."

John 15:13 states, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."

 

So, let us be bold and make a/some friend(s) all the while giving glory to our Friend and Savior Jesus Christ!