Thursday, August 5, 2021

Kitchen Table Devotions:  The Game of Life     Day 29

“Friends”

You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.

John 15:16

Friends bring value to each other.  They do what they do so the other person can be who they can be.  There’s a choice in that kind of relationship.  We all make choices about our relationships.  A friend makes a choice to invest in a friend.  Jesus chose us to be His friend and live a life that is worth living.  Jesus chooses us and chooses to give us the ambition, authority, and access we need to make the most of this life.  It’s amazing!

It’s important to see what is motivating a relationship.  Fancy words and fuzzy touches can deceive us to eventually disappoint us.  There must be an ambition for love and life that comes with friendship.  We can know that first within ourselves and then we can know it in others.  The best way to find a true friend is to be one.  Before we start looking at others, we must look at ourselves.  Can I be a true friend?  I can if Jesus is my true friend. 

Paul once wrote: “Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33  This life was created for relationships. Jesus came showing us how so that we could share with others. Relationships don’t have to be hard, but they do have to be honest, or we will end up with what we weren’t looking for in life.  Choose to be a friend and you’ll do better at choosing friends.  You’ll know what is involved in friendship.

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