Good Friendships Count

Apr 9, 2018   //   by Tina McCrea   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Good Friendships Count

 

 

The best thing in life is relationships.  It is hard to be a loner in a world like this.  We need each other and this is why God created us differently in order for us to function in this world.  Being a good friend is not just about having a good time with others, it’s also about how willing you are to put your friends first or point out when they are doing something you do not agree with. Part of being a good friend is about being willing to listen rather than just talk. This takes time and effort but if you can make time just to listen to others and respect what they have to say, then it’s a sign of a good friend. Do your friends often turn to you first to share a problem or seek help? Are you willing to make yourself available to friends at short notice and welcome them if they turn up at your door? If a friend tells you something personal are you good at keeping it in confidence, or do you go and tell everyone at the first opportunity? People need to know that they can trust a friend with important information and you will only store up trouble for yourself if you are seen as unreliable. A good friend is both trustworthy and reliable.

A lot of people are hurting today in the Christendom because they cannot find a friend to trust.  There has been a lot of betrayal and Jesus had a betrayer very close to him.  All He had to do was to recognize who he was and Jesus never gave him an attitude.  Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me-one who is eating with me.” (Mark 14:18 NIV).  There are also those friends and people who are very close to you who will say and promise that I will always be there for you and when you get into trouble you won’t find them. You will then discover that you have been alone all this way despite having many people around you.  It happened in Jesus time with His disciples when His time to be crucified was at hand.  Peter said to Jesus “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you, and all the others said the same.” As we all know Peter denied that he was with Jesus. Do you give your time to the people around you even if you know they don’t like you? This is an opportunity to check our Attitude. Is it like Jesus?

Jesus began calling His disciples friends rather than servants because He had entrusted them with everything He had heard from His Father.  Jesus trusted the disciples to use the information for the good of His Father’s Kingdom. (John 15:15) We have to continue asking ourselves these questions:

  • If Jesus is our friend, can we say that we are His friends?
  • Do we listen to Him or do we only want Him to listen to us?
  • Do we really want to know what’s on His heart or do we only want to tell Him what’s on ours?

To be a friend of Jesus, we need to listen to what He wants us to know.

Jesus is our Best Friend and there is no one like Him. He is with us every moment of everyday we just need to be aware and recognize His presence with us in little things .

 

Pastor Tabeth Sithole, Without A Trace Leader

Contact:  trs2508@yahoo.com

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