© 2005 Debbie Turner Chavers
Friendship is a sacred trust. Jesus has said we are his friends. He has given us a place of honor, a seat at the bride grooms table. He bids us come and eat and be filled. He has called us Friend.
Fellowship within the body of Christ is a call to keep our eyes on Christ. In our natural state we surely will disappoint one another. We are to judge fruit..not one another.
No logs or motes are we to see but only remember He is the one who hung on a tree and shed His blood for you and me.
His eyes are ever on us, and as His child and friend we are to honor that sacred trust and fix our gaze upon Him. Eye to eye.
Recently I met someone for lunch and prayed about the intended fellowship and the possible future friendship. I sought the Lord in prayer..talking out loud to Him as I traveled to the destination.
My question was answered. The answer was..Mine the treasure that is within this new acquaintance. The treasure is the knowledge, power, and spirit of the LORD contained in these earthen vessels.
I may have knowledge of many things in this world. But only the treasure of Christ in me will make an eternal difference to myself and others.
Mining can be messy and labor intensive. Friendship can be messy and labor intensive! Not only can people rub you the wrong way (offense) they can can also help sand down the rough places. The scripture as iron sharpens iron is an apt analogy of the process. Remember there is treasure to be shared and obtained.
We are to be light bearers, vessels of honor, pitchers filled and poured out to the thirsty with His living water.
2 Corinthians 4:5-7 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known to you.
Luke 7:34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
Meaning of friend - (philos) Root Form(Greek) -friend, to be friendly to one, wish him well
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