Be Friendly

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
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I recall the beginning of the first day in that new home as though it were yesterday. On that gorgeous fall day, I had no idea that a new chapter of my life was opening and would become one of my favourites. Knowing how isolating relocation can be, my husband, three-year-old son, and I were thrilled when our new next-door neighbours came over to welcome us into the neighbourhood. They were an answer to our prayers, and in no time at all, they took all three of us under their wings. Effie and Charlie's example of godly living was contagious. Like Jesus, we found them to be "gentle and humble in heart" (Matthew 11:29 NIV), obedient and submissive to the will of God. Surely, this is what Christians are called to strive for.

    In friendship, we think we have chosen our peers. … But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking, no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you," can truly say to every group of Christian friends, "Ye have not chosen one another, but I have chosen you for one another. – C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Friendship is not a reward for our discernment and good taste in finding one another. It is the instrument by which God reveals to us the beautiful qualities of others.

Our new friends had an abundance of beautiful qualities, one being that after years of marriage, they remained best friends. And it's no wonder! When Charlie was not teasing his wife, it was evident that he cherished and adored her. Their relationship was an example to us as young marrieds –- one more blessing from knowing them.

In the last chapter of our friendship together, we watched Effie care for Charlie as his health failed. He still teased and adored Effie, knowing that it was far more than mere chance that he had met her.

I am closing this chapter today, as they were deceased within months of each other. But I thank God for these two friends. I will never forget Charlie's love for Effie and her beautiful example of a godly woman that showed me who I could become.

God says that it is not good for human beings to be alone — we need friends. To have friends, the Lord advises, we must be friendly, as Charlie and Effie were to us.

Proverbs 18:24 – A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (NKJV)

Who is it that needs us to be a friend to them today? How can we be examples to others through our friendships?

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for fearfully and wonderfully creating each of us. Thank You for giving us worth in Your eyes. Help us live gently and humbly as the ones You uniquely intended us to be, offering friendship to others. May we speak with wisdom and encourage one another, all the time abiding in You, obedient and submissive to Your will. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Lois Macdonald <loismacs5@gmail.com>
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the beautiful story, Lois.


    Thank you for a beautiful message!


    Thank you, Lois, for reminding us of the importance of friendship.


    Thank you, Lois, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us.
    Blessings.


    COVID has made close contact with friends difficult, but it is amazing how a phone call can help.


    A beautiful story of friendship and God’s love, thanks for sharing, Lois. May God continue to bless you!


    Hello Lois
    Thank you for this beautiful reminder.
    God bless.


    Hi Lois,
    Thanks for the wonderful Devotional today. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings to you.
    (Ont.)


    Thanks for a good word today, Lois. We are looking at an upcoming move. One of the things l always look forward to is, the new friends l know God has lined up for me.
    Blessings.


    Greetings Lois and thank you for your good words. It is important for us to reach out and be friendly to others as it is a way to show the Lord’s love and care. I am blessed to be living in a very friendly neighbourhood and am very thankful to our Lord for those around me. Blessings for your writings.


    Lois, what a lovely example of love and friendship you shared. I have experienced and given God credit for loving me enough to send certain ones into my life when I prayed about it. He provides for us in every way.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely blessing.


    Good morning, Lois,
    Today, I am attending the funeral of one of those peers that God put into my life along with the rest of his family. I was deeply moved by your devotional and its message. I do believe that God has a hand in choosing the people who have been in my life and who are yet to be there.
    Thank you for such a thoughtful devotional and a reminder of how important it is to be a friend in a “humble and submissive” way as Jesus was to this world.
    I pray your prayer knowing that God will hear and support me as I go about my day. I appreciate people who are “friendly” as they share their experiences by crafting amazing devotionals sharing their faith with others and reminding us of Jesus’ love which we feel in many different ways.
    Blessings.

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