Be A Friend
Posted: September 21, 2016
Has a friend ever asked you for a favor at a time that’s REALLY inconvenient for you?
It’s happened to me. And as much as I hate to admit it, I was annoyed. Selfish thoughts started circulating in my mind, “If I help out my friend, then it will totally throw off MY day. And what if I don’t have time to get MY stuff done later? What if it takes ALL day? What about MY needs? If I do this for my friend, what will they do for ME?”
Yeah. Ugly stuff. I had to take a step back and repent and transform my mind with His word, which tells me that “a friend loves at all times” and “when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.” (Proverbs 17:17, Matthew 25:45).
I was so consumed with my selfishness that I was only thinking about me.
But I don’t want to be that kind of friend! I want to be the kind of friend who actually DOES love at all times, not just when it’s convenient for me. Jesus was the best example of a friend, who gave up his life for us when we didn’t deserve it, and he did so solely for OUR gain, not his. So if your initial reaction was like mine, let His word transform your mind so you can be a friend that loves at all times!
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”
- Proverbs 17:17 NIV
Lord, forgive me for selfishly thinking of only myself. Help me to be more like your son Jesus and to be a good friend who loves at all times, even when it’s inconvenient. In Jesus’ name, amen.