Friday, September 30, 2011

Five Minute Friday - FRIENDS

Friends...we've all had them...we've all got them. Some friends are really good friends. They're the kind of friends that stick with you through thick and thin and love you no matter what (Proverbs 17:17). They are the kind of friend that the Bible tells us sticks "...closer than a brother..." (Proverbs18:24). Other friends are friends for a season. They're friends that God has allowed to come into our lives at a specific time for a specific purpose and when that purpose is fulfilled, they're gone...leaving only precious and treasured memories behind. And, then, there are those people that are really little more than acquaintances, yet we still refer to them as 'friends.' In all of these situations, relationships are formed...some for a lifetime, some for a season, and some for just a moment...and in all of these relationships we are commanded to love. The words of Christ found in John 15:12-13 tell us, "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend."  Do you love your friends with the love wherein Christ has loved you? Are you willing to lay down your very life for them? Friends...we've all had them...we've all got them. Let's do our best to look at them through the eyes of Christ and love them the way that He has loved us. 

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