Jay's eDevotionals  

Dec 3

True Friends

There is an old saying that reminds us: "true friends are like diamonds - precious and rare."

God's truth enlarges our understanding of friendship by explaining in Proverbs 27:17, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."

Do you have a true friend who cares enough about you to help you clean the corrosive sin and selfishness off the edge of your life and sharpen you? In this world of pollution, it is mighty easy to get garbage on the edges of your life that dulls your discipleship, weakens your witness and damages your intimate fellowship with God. Consequently, we need real friends who love us enough to tell us the truth. A real friend, if necessary, will hurt you to help you. Proverbs 27:6 declares, "Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful."

When David stepped out of bounds with Bathsheba and committed adultery, God prompted a true friend named Nathan to go to the self-deceived King. Nathan cared enough about David to risk their relationship by confronting his friend with the truth. Because Nathan sharply cut through the corrosion of David's deception, he helped the great king realign himself with God's love, forgiveness and righteousness.
 
Remember, if you need a friend, then strive to become a friend. Care enough about the people in your relational orbit to intentionally sharpen the dull edge of a friend's walk with God until they resemble a sharp, clean, bright and highly effective knife. Actively develop Jesus-focused friendships that seek to hold each other accountable to God's protective standards of love, purity and service. Choose to be someone's rare gift that is more precious than diamonds - a true friend.

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