Monday, June 16, 2014

The Sheltering Tree Of Friendship!

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.  (Prov. 17:17) 

The poet Samuel Coleridge once described friendship as "a sheltering tree." When you have this quality, the branches of your friendship reach out over the lives of others, giving them shelter, shade, rest, relief, and encouragement. . . . 

Friends give comfort. We find strength near them. They bear fruit that provides nourishment and encouragement. When something troublesome occurs in our life, we pick up the phone and call a friend, needing the comfort he or she provides. I think there are few things more lonely than having no friend to call. Friends also care enough about us to hold us accountable . . . but we never doubt their love or respect. 

Hope Again 

I have been told that friendship is overrated and in certain instances that could be true. I have heard the term "fair-weather friend" numerous times throughout my life. A "fair-weather friend" is someone in your life who claims to be your friend only when things are going well or favorably for themselves and when times get real hard, they would be the very first person to desert you when it's most convenient for them. 

In spite of the fact that there are plenty of people out there who are "fair-weather" in nature, that in no way, shape, or form implies that everyone we become friends with is that way. Friends come and go as with lots of great things in life. Even godly friends. The difference between our godly friends and their non-christian counterparts is that long after connecting with your godly friend, you can extended periods of time without hearing from them and remain confident in the Lord that the "covering" of prayer never mellows out. 

Michael W. Smith sings a song named Friends. In that song, the following line sticks out like a sore thumb:

"A friend is a friend forever if the Lord is the lord of them. A friend will not say never because the welcome will not end. It's so hard to let you go in the Father's hand we know. That a lifetime is not too long to live as friends." 

When it comes to the subject of friendship, those words from Michael W. Smith will forever stick out in my mind because they are absolutely true from a Christian context. There's nothing "fair-weather" about this kind of friendship. This kind of friendship is built on mutual trust, mutual respect, and mutual understanding. The "true" shelter of friendship is faithfulness. When one person's word is their bond, it fosters faithfulness and credibility. As a result, that friendship will be able to weather the worse kinds of storms. My dear friend, what kind of friendship do you long to have? Some food for thought!

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).