'We have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus...cleanses us from all sin.' 1 John 1:7 NLT
The Bible says, 'a nearby neighbour can help you more than relatives who are far away.' (Proverbs 27:10 GNT) One of the problems we face in our modern society is the disposable nature of relationships. Even the relationships that should be permanent are easily undone. Some children have a conveyor belt of 'fathers'. It seems easier to get a divorce than change your broadband service provider. For some people friendships sit at the bottom of the relationship loyalty scale, just below your mobile phone supplier and doctor, with no commitment required.
Yet there are examples throughout the Bible of covenant friendships - relationships where unbreakable promises were made to one another. These are God-given, beautiful and life-giving relationships. David and Jonathan were friends who swore they would care for and protect each other always. Naomi promised Ruth she would follow her and never leave her alone... and she never ever did.
Children easily promise to be 'BFFs', but as we get older, life usually moves us on. Maybe as we grow up, we need to look out for a BFF or two. Choose wisely, and when the moment is right make a verbal commitment - a covenant: an agreement with no get-out clause. Give it to God and see how He uses that united friendship to do together what you could never have achieved alone.
SoulFood: Gen 37-39, John 17:1-26, Ps 147:1-11, Ecc 3:5-8
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