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Since it’s February, the month of Valentine’s Day, I’d like focus on friendship. In this time of pandemic, let’s keep our friendships vital! Let’s remember to draw close to the Friend who sticks closer than a brother, Proverbs 18:24, He is the one who gave himself up for us all. How shall He not with Him freely give us all things? https://www.blueletterbible.org/nkjv/rom/8/32/s_1054032

We may not be seeing all the things that are coming before the Lord Jesus returns, but pestilence, as in pandemic, could be one of them
https://www.blueletterbible.org/nkjv/luk/21/11/s_994011
https://www.blueletterbible.org/nkjv/mat/24/7/s_953007
but it’s always good to keep our eyes on the expectation of the Lord’s sudden return, so that the Day won’t catch us off guard, like the snare that the Lord warns will come on the whole earth.
https://www.blueletterbible.org/nkjv/luk/21/28/s_994028

One aspect of keeping our eyes on the Lord is to love through His love. Though, at times, we may fail, and yes, I have, let us keep on trekking in His love.

It is out of His love that we have love to give. So let us lay down our lives to build others up and find ourselves full of meaning and purpose.

Thanks to God for this prayer of Paul that expresses how we can be strengthened in Christ and be grounded in his love through Christ’s power: https://www.blueletterbible.org/nkjv/eph/3/14/s_1100014 Paul commands that we live out of love: "And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." https://www.blueletterbible.org/nkjv/eph/5/2/s_1102002 Paul has done it and we can too! "And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. [1Timothy 1:14 NKJV] https://www.blueletterbible.org/nkjv/1ti/1/14/s_1120014

Blessings to you as you strengthen your friendship in the Lord and your love in Him and through Him for others.
Love,
Jan


To an article on friendship from Proverbs that I have in my archives…Thanks Julie!
Hey Everybody!
Friendship is God's gift to us. Jesus Himself calls us His friends! In the book of Proverbs the Lord gives us beautiful tips to cherish our friends.

  1. Be cheerful (Proverbs 15:13) PROV 15:13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful. We got to be cheerful & smiling. People must love being around us when we are cheerful.
  2. Be loyal & love always (Proverbs 17:17) PROV 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. We must never let down our friends even when they make mistakes. In fact it's when they are down & low they'll need us more.
  3. Be friendly... a true friend is closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24) PROV 18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. It's easy to find friends…but true & loyal God sent friends are rare, so treasure them. We need to love them like we would love our own brother or sister.
  4. Don't be over bearing (Proverbs 25:17) PROV 25:17..... too much of you, and he will hate you. O I am overbearing at times ...having too much of expectations....but we shouldn't be too demanding in a friendship but should be understanding.
  5. Make your friendship interesting (Proverbs 27:17) PROV 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. This is important...Be appreciative, Be concerned, pray for & pray with each other, share what God's doing in your life & help each other grow spiritually.... Build each other up.
  6. Say right words at the right time (Prov25 :11) PROV 25:11 A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. This is so...important!!!!! Sometimes we jump to conclusions so....quickly & end up saying the wrong things. Let's be careful what we say. A thoughtless word can hurt a friend or loved one badly.
"Sorry Lord for the many times I've hurt people by a careless word or deed!!" Let's cherish the friends God's given us. For...they..
F~eel what we're feeling
R~eally . . . REALLY care
I~nvolved in our lives
E~nduring riches they sow
N~ever give up on us
D~earer & closer we grow

Love
Julie
The link is no longer available, but credit goes to:
...Cherish_it...._From_the_book_of_proverbs..

 

jan @ equipper.ca