From Pastor’s Thoughts: The Value of A Good Friend

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The Value of A Good Friend

September 18th, 2019
Read: Proverbs 17:17 and Genesis 2:18

God looked over the work of His creation and saw that it was good. But He saw that man had no companion and said, “it’s not good for man to be alone,” and made for him a suitable companion (Gen 2:18). God made us as social beings. We were not meant to stand alone. Whether or not you are married, we all need companionship.

We need companionship to help us through life’s difficulties. The Bible tells us that a friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity (Prov. 17:17). We need our friends when we experience:

1) Change
Any change good or bad can cause stress. That’s when you’ll need some stability. A friend that sticks close by you, helping to ground you. To give you a refreshing perspective, a word of encouragement.

2) Failure
Nobody wins all the time. We all make mistakes, stumble, or fall. When you didn’t get the job you really wanted, got passed over for a promotion, lost your job, or the business you worked hard to build fails, you need a friend to lean on. Failure is a lot easier to handle when you have a friend who puts their arms around you and says, “You’re going to make it!” (Eccl. 4:9-10).

3) Rejection
Rejection may be the most difficult to handle. It hurts to hear “no” when you really wanted something. It is easy to feel unwanted and worthless after hearing no. But that’s the value of a friend. A friend reminds you that your life doesn’t end here. There’s a “yes” out there for you.

Do you have a friend to lean on? If so, thank God for your friend, and tell them thanks for being a good friend. If you don’t have a friend to lean on, ask God to put someone in your life.

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