Hope For Today: You Got A Friend In Me

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“You Got A Friend In Me”
Verse for today: A man who has friends must himself be friendly. Pr. 18:24
I just love this song from the movie “Toy Story:” You’ve got a friend in me; you’ve got a friend in me…… da, da, da, da ….. Just remember what your old pal said, “You’ve got a friend in me.” Our verse today tells us that in order to have friends we must be friendly. What does it mean to be friendly; to be a friend?
The dictionary definition is: 1. A person whom one knows well and is fond of; intimate associate; close acquaintance 2. A person on the same side in a struggle, one who is not an enemy or foe; ally 3. A supporter or sympathizer
Do you have someone that you know well and you are fond of; someone you would call a close acquaintance? When you are in a struggle, is there someone who will stand beside you and be your ally? Do you have people who support and sympathize with you. Are you that kind of person for someone else?
Jesus wants us to have friends, but most of all he wants us to be a friend. In John 13:34-35 He said, “So now I am giving you a new commandment; Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. We become a friend when we show love to others. Jesus also said that the way people will know we are His, is by our love for one another. Let’s take a look at how love reacts to others.
Love is patient, kind, not jealous, boastful, proud or rude. It doesn’t demand its own way, is not irritable, does not keep a record of wrongs, doesn’t rejoice about injustice but rejoices when truth comes out. It never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corin. 13:4-7
Quite a list isn’t it? You may be thinking you could never live up to that, but the awesome thing is, Jesus doesn’t ask us to do it by ourselves. All we have to do is allow the Holy Spirit to love through us. Just treat them like you want to be treated. Try it, you’ll like it. After all, we reap whatever we sow; hate or love, friendship or enmity, trust or jealousy. Why don’t you make sowing love and friendship your priority in life.
May you have an abundance of friends to surround and support you.
Beth (My Mom)
Take action: Reach out to someone and offer your friendship today.
Remember this: A man who has friends, must himself be friendly. Pr. 18:24
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