Tuesday, October 1, 2019
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None of us can deny that friendships have a huge impact on us.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10a – Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. (NIV)

How many of us can think of a time when a good friend helped us through something tough?

When we think about our friendships, it's easy to think about what we get out of the relationship. We wonder, "Does so-and-so support me? Do they help me? Are they there for me?" There's nothing wrong with that. It's just not the whole picture.

I have a saying. It's that good friends make good friends gooder. I realize that "gooder" isn't a word. But it seems more memorable when I say it like that! LOL

So just as your good friends can support and strengthen you — and make you gooder — you should also be a person who supports and strengthens them. When they ask themselves that same set of questions — questions like whether or not you support them and help them and are there for them — would they answer "Yes"?

I realize that none of us has a perfect track record. But when it comes to cultivating quality friendships, we should be equally as concerned with what we give as with what we get.

"If one falls down, his friend can help him up." Sometimes, you're the one who does the falling. But sometimes, you're the one who does the helping.

Good friends make good friends gooder.

Prayer: Lord, help us to be the kind of friends who don't just think about what we get out of the relationship, but about what we give. In the name of our never-failing friend, Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for sharing, Matthew.

    Amen Mathew. Good reminder for all.

    I enjoyed your message today. Thank you.

    So true, Matthew! Thanks for your daily devotionals.

    Thanks, Matthew, for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.

    Hi Matthew,
    Thank you for this insightful devotional on the importance of friendship.

    Hello Matthew
    Thank you for this delightful devotional. Simple and yet very true and thought-provoking.
    God bless.

    Hello Matthew.
    Good devotion, using your phrase, being a “gooder” person helps make a “gooder” world, many friends have helped me in times of trouble; hopefully I in turn have helped others.

    Greetings Matthew,
    Enjoyed your writing this morning. Yes, having and appreciating good friends makes life more enjoyable and the greatest joy comes in knowing the devoted friendship of Jesus and being faithful to him.
    Many blessings to you.

    Yes, Matthew, Jesus is the only one who can make us all good — the only One who forgives all our trespasses and counts us as truly good gooders.
    Keep writing.


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