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Legacy of Friends

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November 9, 2022 7:00 pm

Legacy of Friends

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November 9, 2022 7:00 pm

I met him in the 1970s when I was a high school English teacher and basketball coach, and he was a tall, gangly freshman. Soon he was on my basketball team and in my classes—and a friendship was formed. This same friend, who had served with me as a fellow editor for many years, stood before me at my retirement party and shared about the legacy of our longstanding friendship.

What is it about friends connected by the love of God that encourages us and brings us closer to Jesus? The writer of Proverbs understood that friendship has two encouraging components: First, true friends give valuable advice, even if it’s not easy to give or take (27:6): “Wounds from a friend can be trusted,” he explains. Second, a friend who is nearby and accessible is important in times of crisis (v. 10): “Better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.”

It’s not good for us to fly solo in life. As Solomon noted: “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed” (Ecclesiastes 4:9 NLT). In life, we need to have friends and we need to be friends. May God help us “love one another with brotherly affection” (Romans 12:10 ESV) and “carry each other’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2)—becoming the kind of friend that can encourage others and draw them closer to the love of Jesus.

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Welcome to another word of encouragement from the Our Daily Bread devotional. Dave Brannon wrote today s reading, and he titled it Legacy of Friends. I met him in the 1970s when I was a high school English teacher and basketball coach, and he was a tall, gangly freshman. He was on my basketball team and in my classes, and a friendship was formed. This same friend, who had served with me as a fellow editor for many years, stood before me at my retirement party and shared about the legacy of our long-standing friendship. What is it about friends connected by the love of God that encourages us and brings us closer to Jesus? The writer of Proverbs understood that friendship has two encouraging components. True friends give valuable advice, even if it s not easy to give or take. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, the writer explains. A friend who is nearby and accessible is important in times of crisis.

Better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away. It s not good for us to fly solo in life. As Solomon noted in Ecclesiastes 4, two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. In life, we need to have friends, and we need to be friends. May God help us love one another with brotherly affection and carry each other s burdens, becoming the kind of friend that can encourage others and draw them closer to the love of Jesus.

Today s Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading comes to us from the Old Testament book of Proverbs, chapter 27, verses 6 through 10. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. One who is full loathes honey from the calm, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home. Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice. Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relatives house when disaster strikes you.

Better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away. Would you pray with me now? Dear God, search our heart regarding our friends. Would you help us to please provide Christ-centered counsel to them, and also to receive godly wisdom from them? And Lord, thank you for being our friend. And it s in your name that we pray, Amen. Thanks so much for listening. My name is Wes Ward, and today s encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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