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For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 NIV
I remember memorizing John 3:16 when I was a child. At the time the words didn’t really sink in, yet God’s words certainly made an impression on me.
When I think about sharing my faith in Christ Jesus with my friends who are not religious and who appear to never want to talk about religion or spiritually, I take pause. On one hand, I want to respect their beliefs, yet on the other hand I also enjoy their company and can’t exactly imagine heaven without them. Who wouldn’t want to miss out on heaven? I know that God gives all of us the choice to believe or not. He is incredibly fair.
I trust that even if I don’t know the right words to say, knowing me and seeing me lead by example will somehow make a lasting impression on my friends who might want to know and love Jesus some day. Amen.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. – James 5:16 NIV
The Lord surrounds us with good friends who want to pray for us and support us. He hears our prayers for our friends and family and listens attentively.
The power and effectiveness of prayer can be astounding. We don’t have to be ashamed to ask others to pray for us, because we all need prayer.
Prayer opens up a daily conversation with God. He longs to hear from us and help us. Amen.
Also He said to them, “In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place. And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. – Mark 6:10-11 NKJV
Some of my friends haven’t accepted Jesus into their lives yet. I can still share with them my struggles. I can show compassion when they share their losses with me. We are all children of God.
Although I can’t convince everyone, I can share the good news about salvation through Jesus Christ in a subtle and respectful way. Jesus can close the sale with them if it is their choice to accept Him.
If they don’t ever tell us that they have decided to become a Christian, it is not a failure. God wants everyone to be saved, and we can’t read people’s thoughts, so we can’t make assumptions about their relationship with Him. He can work on their hearts. Amen.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. – James 5:16 KJV
Nobody is perfect. We all have faults. When we talk about our struggles with other people we trust, it helps, because we are all going through something to some degree or another.
When we pray for other people, it doesn’t mean that we are better or more righteous. The Lord can intercede and communicate what needs to be said.
The Lord is an incredible healer. He can help anyone, but we have to be willing to ask. Amen.
“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—He will testify about me. – John 15:26 NIV
The Holy Spirit is our guide and our advocate. When we are following a path in life that God did not mean for us to continue, the Holy Spirit helps us to course correct. He always steers us in the right direction.
We all have a purpose. The more we pray and study scripture, the more clear that purpose becomes. God does not bring people unto our lives by accident. He has a plan for us.
It is amazing when we have friends who support us. Talking to them encourages and strengthens us. We can appreciate the good people who are in our lives. Amen.
As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friends. – Proverbs 27:17 NKJV
Our friends help us and put us at ease when we need them. We can encourage each other.
Not all friends remain close, but God always stays close to us and provides the right people to help us when we need.
We don’t always have good health, so when our health suffers, our friends can step in. It might be watching our toddler or accompanying us to the grocery store.
These types of friends are invaluable. It’s up to us to reach out to them if they become distant, because God loves them, too. Amen.
Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV
We love Jesus even though we don’t see Him in person every day. It is possible to be best friends with someone who we appreciate and enjoy talking to, even if we can’t see them all the time.
Our friendship and faith in Jesus can give us joy and brighten a dark world. We can feel safe that He is with us always.
Although change can mean that we don’t do what we have been accustomed to doing, we can embrace the change knowing that God is bringing into our lives new opportunities. He is the great Creator. He is creating in us a new heart. His love for us shines through our friendships. His love endures forever. Amen.
That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. – Philippians 3:10-11 KJV
We desperately need to know Jesus.
When we know our friends, we talk to them. We communicate with them often and can sense when they are up or down. When they are sad, we try to comfort them. We enjoy our time with them and care about them. We cultivate our friendships so that we can stay friends.
Knowing Jesus gives us access to the power of the resurrection. His sacrifice is a gift. His suffering saved us so that we can continue our friendship with Him forever. Amen.
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. – Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV)
It’s helpful to end a stressful week by spending time with friends and family enjoying each other’s company. I’m grateful to have a good husband who helps take care of me and my son. I have good friends whom I trust. It’s easy to be around them because I can be honest with them and be myself.
The Holy Spirit is my friend and comforter as well. I can always count on Him being there when I am in a tight spot. Despite many health challenges, I find comfort in the little things. It’s the little things that count.