Time with Friends

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I had a wonderful lunch with a friend from church yesterday. It was so uplifting. The woman I had lunch with is a strong woman of God who is truly walking out her faith each day. Her husband has cancer and is getting ready to start another very tough round of chemotherapy. I had missed seeing her lately and wanted to have a chance to catch up and hopefully provide her a little encouragement.

What I found was her being an encouragement to me. Watching her and her husband walk through this cancer journey has been a source of inspiration. They both have completely put heir trust and faith in the Lord and look for where He is working in their circumstances.

One of the things she said to me was, “friends made at church are friends for life”. It made me think about my friends. The ones I made when my husband and I started going to church regularly almost 15 years ago are still my friends today. There is a different kind of bond we develop with others who are followers of Christ.

There is something special that happens when we choose to walk our faith journey with others. When we open up and share what is going on in our lives with others, we find comfort and support. When we share our lives with others in the faith we find experience the love of Christ from them. They are willing to share their lives with us and we are able to love and support one another through the power of the Holy Spirit.

It doesn’t mean our relationships are perfect or even without conflict, but when we continue to seek the Lord, He helps bring restoration and redemption to these relationships. I have been blessed to see this work out in my own life. There have been a few people over the years within the body that I have not gotten along with and thanks to the grace of God those relationships have been redeemed and restored.

I am so thankful for the many friends the Lord has put into my life. They are a huge source of encouragement, support and accountability for me. My brothers and sisters in Christ have been there in good times and bad. We have had some difficulties but have been able to see the Lord work in our lives and our relationships.

Take some time today to reflect on your friendships. Are your friends from church friends for life? If you have had a falling out with a friend, seek the Lord. He will help you be reconciled.

Matthew 5:23-24

23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

On our own, it is very difficult to reconcile with others, but through the power of God, anything is possible. We are called to live at peace with one another. Seek Him so you can live at peace with others today.

Romans 12:18

18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

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9 thoughts on “Time with Friends

  1. This is so true. My late husband relocated a lot in his career and we went to several cities and found a church home in each. I still stay in touch with those friends while work friends faded over a short time because God had not bound us.

    • Julie, what a blessing to have friends all over from your previous churches. Other relationships outside the body of Christ often do not seem to stand the test of time.

  2. I followed your instruction, Shelly. And yes, God has graciously given me friends who have been in my life for years, and will no doubt stay in relationship for a long time. Thank you for writing something that inspires Holy Spirit gratitude in my selfish heart!

    I just wrote a pragmatic post on small group development the other day. In it, I talk about devoting time to the growth of relationships with others who love Christ. This post of yours reminds me of the powerful “why” behind the pragmatic… Why do we invest in the Family of God?

    Thanks again for writing this.

    • Greg, glad you were blessed by the post. I love it when God puts the same topic on several people’s minds at the same time. I will definitely check out your post on why we invest in the family of God.

  3. Beautiful and inspiring- thank you!

    • Annie, thanks for the kind words. Friends for life is just one of the benefits of being involved in the body of Christ!

  4. Sometimes we think we are giving encouragement and we end up being encouraged by others. Thanks for sharing.

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