We all use this statement, “What are friends for?” But then, how many quality friendships can we boast of?
I believe friendships are very important in life, a type of support system. I have some friends who make it easier for me during tough times and when they need me, I also make myself available. Are we friends forever? Lol, you might need to ask your friends about that.
Moreover, quality life long friendships are beautiful. They behave like family, they know all there is to know about you. They can defend you from here to heaven and back, support you like crazy, tell you the truth without any reservation but love you to pieces. Very importantly, they do not backbite or display your dirty linens to the public. They take your friendship seriously, almost like an investment. One of my friends likes to remind me he is “investing in our friendship“. Even the Bible says in Proverbs 18:24, “A man that hath friends must show himself friendly”. So invest in your friendships, be it a call, a message, a visit, something, anything at all that you can do to make your friends know you value them.
That verse, Proverbs 18:24 continues this way, “and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother”. I think the friendship here goes beyond the family level. A brother shares the same blood with you but for a friend to stick closer than a brother, then you must be sharing something other than blood. I think king Solomon must have been talking about friendship with Jesus, we share His Spirit!
That level of friendship is amazing if you can harness it. How do I harness my friendship with Him? I guess you can say we talk a lot. Not just in prayers but just normal day-to-day talking. I will stop here so I don’t sound like am crazy. But I found out that talking to Him is therapeutic for me. It is also my own way of looking up to the Author and Finisher of our faith. Also, when frustrated, my first response is usually to shut it down and keep it in till I can figure it all out, and most of us do same. Well, most times the figuring out does not work out, so over time one can become a very toxic container of hurts, pain, and disappointments.
So I began to just talk to Him, and oh what a friend we have in Jesus. He patiently listens to all that we have to say without interrupting us with mindless comments and words as some well-meaning friends would do. In the process of telling Him just how I feel and without mincing words, I begin to process my feelings. And since I am talking to Jesus, the tendency is to process my feelings through the eyes of God’s word. Then lightness and joy can seep into the cracks of my heart and seal them back together, like a healing balm. I can bet you that it is very rewarding. And indeed truly rewarding to make friends with God through His precious gift to the world, even His son Christ Jesus.
Take out time this new week to appreciate the great friendships in your life which you have built over time while not forgetting to initiate one with Jesus Christ.