Friendships

February 2, 2017

Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Friendships

Through life many seasons come and go,

In that time many people we get to know.

Through our hearts and lives relationships pass.

Many will fade, but others will last.

Rather we know them for a moment, a season or more,

No matter how long they may be here for.

May their lives be richer for having crossed our path.

May we have spoken words of life that last.

Kent Stuck

When we think back through our lives at all of the people that we’ve known, some we knew as casual acquaintances and others we may have been very close too.  As we go through those seasons of life and all of the demographics that change, we see most of those people and know them only for a period of time.  Some we will reunite with and many we never will.  When we stop to think about the brevity of life then it impacts us how short it is and how important it is never to take our opportunities in our relationships for granted.  Just as we have no assurance of tomorrow; we have no assurance that a relationship or friend will be there tomorrow.   

One of the things that I get bored with quite quickly is just small talk.  A certain amount of it is necessary and useful, but so much of our relationships are spent talking about things that don’t really matter or have any eternal value.  As believers we want our conversations to be seasoned with the words of life, hope and the things that are eternal.  We understand that not all of our friends or acquaintances are at that place, but with Holy Spirit discernment and direction we should endeavor to flavor our conversations with those things that speak to the eternal and the lasting.  Our life and our actions are the testimony to who we are and what we represent.  Some may be turned off by that, but others will be drawn to us because of it.  We are not in this world to please people and by the same token we are not here to recklessly offend them either.  I believe God wants us to be sensitive to where people are at in their journey through life and endeavor to meet them where they are at, in love, not just mindful of where we at.  Relationships are not just about us.  They are about our opportunities to communicate Christ, in His various attributes, to others in a way that they can hear and receive.  

The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:22,  “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”  Paul’s sole purpose in relating and befriending people was to stain their lives with the blood and the love of Christ, but he used wisdom as to how he could relate with them. So many times Christians have an arrogance, self-righteous and condescending attitude that is demeaning to others that are not like them.  That is not the Spirit of Christ, that is a religious spirit.  Christ came down and was planted under the earth that He might get under us and lift us up to where He is.  ‘He didn’t come to condemn the world, but that the world, through Him, might have life.’  We are to be like him.  He didn’t aspire to gain the approval of the righteous and the religious, he aspired to relate with people where they were at in their lives.  

May God grant  us the wisdom to have the heart of Jesus and Paul that people would know that when they have been with us, they have been in the presence of Jesus, because Christ is so much a part of who we are in our love and our demeanor.  May their lives be richer for having crossed our path.  May we have spoken words of life that last.

Blessings,

#kent

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