Sunday, May 01, 2005

A True Friend

Prov 17:17
A Friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

As I start this first post. I am reminded that we all want to have friends.
There are not many people that have no desire to have friends. The Bibles teaches us that Jesus will be are very best friend. As a Christian when we learn this it will change our lives. However I am also reminded is good for Christian to have good godly friends. There are many reasons for this and I would like to share them if I could.

Reason #1 is To Remember Us.
It is good to have friends that we know will pray for us. We all struggle in this life and have problems but it is good to know that we have close people that will accept for who we are and pray for us. When we are a good friend we will not let a day go by that we don't pray for are brothers and sisters in Christ.

Reason#2 is To Rebuke Us.
This is not a word we like using but there are times in our lives that we need to rebuke one another as friends. When we know our friend is doing something they are not suppose to, then for us to be that good friend we don't just let it slide and act like it didn't happen. We need to in love rebuke them. For instance if we have a friend that is out of fellowship with the Lord we need to Rebuke them. That is what a good friend would do.

Reason #3 To Restore Us.
When we Rebuke we should always look at Restoring that friend to fellowship. When our friend decides to walk Sin's Path we sometimes have to let them go on that path. We must pray for them but let them go.
When we have friends out of fellowship it would be easy for us to end up the same place if we associate, but when they come back we must love them and accept back just like God does to us.

To conclude are you a true friend or are you just an acquaintance. May
we pray and let God allow us to be that True Friend.

3 comments:

Sis. Julie said...

Praise the Lord Bro. Tim. I see you got your page up and running. Your first article is a blessing. I struggle with being that TRUE friend at times. It is easy to be a friend when you are encouraging and being NICE so to speak. It is hard to be that TRUE friend when we have to rebuke though. And to be a TRUE friend we must do both. I'm going through a situation with my best friend Shelly right now where I'm having to do some rebuking and exhorting. We all need it at times but it is hard to do and to receive. You and Sis. Crystal are such a blessing to me and I'm looking forward to checking back on your page and seeing what God has you sharing with us.

Kristina said...

Hey you got it going. I was wondering if you would be able to do that!! TTYL!

Michelle said...

Hey Bro. Tim you got it and you have started off GOOD!!!
TTYL!!!