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May 13, 2019, 9:29 AM

We need our friends


Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

9 Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

 

God has designed people with a need for relationships.  Our most important relationship is, of course, with God.  Sin has broken that relationship and the remedy for that brokenness is found in the cross of Jesus. We enter a covenant relationship with God when we receive the free gift of salvation by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 3:24, 5:15) and for the rest of eternity we will be in that relationship with him.

The second most important relationships are with other people.  Once we have been brought into a right relationship with God, we gain the ability to be in healthy relationships with others.  Whether you are an introvert with a small group of people you allow in your sphere of relationships or an extrovert that has many (most likely varying levels of depth) relationships, we all have them, and we all NEED them.  God has made us this way.  

One of the primary purposes of the local church is to foster fellowship among believers.  While we often associate fellowship with sharing a meal together, true biblical fellowship goes much deeper than this.  We have a deep, God-given, need for fellowship with other followers of Christ.  We gain strength, wisdom, encouragement, correction, love, hope, and help when we are actively involved in the lives of others.

I recently ran across a great display of this need.  

In this video you will see the need for a friend play out in a real life or death situation.  I encourage you to watch this and ask yourself some questions:

  1. What caused the initial problem for the first lion?
  2. At what point did the first lion realize he had made a mistake?
  3. How important to the first lion was the arrival of the second lion?
  4. How is my walk with God like the first lion?
  5. How is my walk with others like the second lion?
  6. Am I actively being a friend like the second lion?
  7. Am I unintentionally (or even intentionally) putting myself in danger like the first lion?

Pray for godly friendships in your life.  Pray you will be the kind of friend others can count on in their times of need.

 

In Christ,

Jay

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