Monday, February 24
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
It’s no secret that society today has become all about convenience. If something cannot be easily obtained within a relatively short period of time, most people won’t feel like it’s worth the effort it takes to obtain it. People have become inundated with microwaves, cell phones, and the internet. All of these conveniences definitely make life easier but unfortunately, this same desire for convenience has infiltrated the relationships that God has established to be a strength in people’s lives. You see, God never intended for the life of a believer to full of shallow, superficial relationships, rather He intended the relationships in your life to be covenant, life giving relationships. Very few people, even in their marriages will ever experience the fulfillment that a true covenant relationship can bring to their lives. The ease with which someone can ‘friend’ someone on social media outlets such as FaceBook, Instagram, and Twitter, has undermined the meaning of what true, covenant friendships are supposed to look like. The reality is that friendships take work, friendships take time, and friendships take intentionality. None of these efforts are required to be someone’s friend or follower on a website. Marriage requires you to pour into your spouse’s life, as do quality friendships and even your relationship with God. Being present when someone is having a difficult time. Providing a meal while your friend or someone in their family is in the hospital. Being a shoulder to lean or cry on and encouragement when someone is heartbroken. A covenant friendship not only fulfills all of these needs, but it also gets fulfillment from doing so. Think about the friendships that you currently have in your life. Are they simply friendships of convenience that you turn to when you need something that person can offer? Or are you truly in them to see that person fulfill the destiny that God has for their life? True friends are becoming increasingly rare. What kind of a friend are you? – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff