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God's gift of friendship.


Date Posted: 11/6/2012 6:38:17 AM

Posted By: meg soni  Membership Level: Gold  Total Points: 2477

Man is not an island, so people do not function well when alone. Cutting off links from other people leads to sad hopeless lives. Ecclesiastes 4:8, talks of a lonely person who devoted all his energy to pursuing wealth, he did not have time for friends and family. The harder he worked, the more wealth he acquired but the bigger the void in his life became. Ecclesiastes 9-12 illustrates the advantages of fellowship, partnership by referring to the value of productivity of two labouring together, of one helping the other when one falls.

God has made us in a way that we will seek out, have a need for one another. Being friends and in fellowship with others is the only way to fulfill God's design for companionship. You may not find a friend if you are looking for one, but when you are ready to become a friend, you will get many of them. Make friends before you need them. Although Christians look forward to an eternity of joyful fellowship with each other, our relationship on earth are often anything but joyful. Someone described it this way, 'to live with those we love,that will be Grace and glory. To live below with those we know, now that is a different story'.

Nothing is better than the importance of companionship as the fact that a faithful friend affirms our worth. As Christians, we have an inside track on making friends as we are part of one family, this is because we have Christ in common. It is no wonder Christ is the most true friend anyone can have. A friend accepts us as we are yet helps us be what we can be. A friend helps us be strong when we are weak. A friend gives, draws us closer to Christ.

After God

created man, He acknowledged Adam's loneliness and said, 'It is not good man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.' In essence, God identified the need in man to connect with another person in order to be fulfilled and complete. Although the immediate setting and creation of a partner was for companionship, God is telling us that being fully human means enjoying a relationship with other human beings.

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