Ecclesiasticus 6:5-6, 14-17
“A kindly turn of speech multiplies a man’s friends, and a courteous way of speaking invites many a friendly reply. Let your acquaintances be many, but your advisers one in a thousand. A faithful friend is a sure shelter, whoever finds one has found a rare treasure. A faithful friend is something beyond price, there is no measuring his worth. A faithful friend is the elixir of life, and hose who fear the Lord will find one. Whoever fears the Lord makes true friends, for as a man is, so is his friend”
I like to believe there is a friend for every season in life and if we’re lucky, there is at least ONE that will be there in all seasons.
Through the good, bad and the ugly. I can recall one friend I considered a best friend growing up until I attended high school and then I met another.
Once I married, I considered my husband to be the only true friend I had.
However, we go through changes in life that I believe God also deliberately changes the relationships we encounter in order to better suit our needs and to knit our hearts to those who may make a difference. It could be for just a short while or bloom into an everlasting friendship.In any circumstance, we tend to need that fellowship, that feeling of belonging and understanding.
As a wife, I have come to realize that my husband does not necessarily want to know about my menstrual dilemmas, watch chick flicks all the time or cares about how I should do my hair for a special occasion. Aside from common interests, affection and the need for laughter we both understand that there are other couples out there whom we can sow words of encouragement, words of eternal life as well as remind each other of God’s faithfulness in times of doubt.
Having a friend who we can go on lunch dates or different adventures with is great and fun; however, to have a friend who will encourage you, lovingly be honest in difficult matters, cry with you, laugh with you and to bear one another’s burdens is God’s way of showing Grace through Fellowship.
Just as any relationship; friendships take work. They take perseverance , commitment and it takes heart. Our relationship with Christ should aid in teaching us how to be all of these. There should be a faithfulness in fellowship and a grace that allows us to be a rare treasure to find.