Monday, October 23, 2017

Experiencing Joy Through The Gift of Friendship


This may surprise some who read this but, God's purpose isn't to make us happy as some try to say...in other words the idea that "God just wants you to be happy" isn't true plus...happiness is subjective. What makes one person happy isn't the same for the next person.

Now joy on the other hand isn't subjective as joy is a gift from God and a fruit of The Spirit. 

God does want us to experience joy and The Word of God reminds us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. (See Nehemiah 8:10)
"God gives us friends to remind us about how He delights in our joy." -Bob Goff
Let me ask you, What if part of that joy He wants us to have is experienced through friendships? 

First and foremost a growing relationship and friendship with Him followed by a friendship with others?

We see great friendships throughout the Bible like the friendship David and Jonathan had as they were as close as brothers.

As well as other examples of those who valued friendships and who were great friends. 
Now regarding David and Jonathan...their friendship was in itself amazing because honestly guys aren't often good at being friends or building and investing in friendships but I digress...just glad some guys get the friendship thing. ;-)

There are a lot of lonely people in this world who don't take the risk to try be a friend and be friend-worthy...and knowing the joy we have as followers of Christ...we have no excuse for being lonely!

I pray that you and I would invest in the gift of friendship and get out of our own heads, comforts zones and circumstances and have God's wisdom to know who we should be friends with. 

No matter who you are, if you have true friends don't take them for granted as they are a gift from God and joy can be experienced through through this gift!

In Christ Alone,
Your Brother and Servant,

rlk
 

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