True Friendship in Tough Times
True Friendship in Tough Times
Life gets tough sometimes. Some describe it as a mess, some would say their world is caving in, and some describe it as a stormy sea whose waves are crashing. We all have our struggles, our seasons of trials. But what do you usually do when that season hits you?
In this video, Cory and Taylor share their ideas about friendship, especially when going through a tough time. Friendship, like any relationship, is built on trust and a shared sense of vulnerability. Vulnerability in friendship is the willingness of a friend to open up to the other and share their thoughts and feelings. There are really times when a friend seeks you out and asks for your help. How you respond to someone who is in a miserable situation really has an impact. If you’re the one going through a tough time, what are you looking for? Cory mentions looking for someone who would respond as Jesus does in the text. We all need someone we can rely on; someone we trust, who meets us where we are, and who can point us in the right direction; someone who can listen, guide, give wisdom, and most importantly, remind us of who we are in Jesus. But also, the idea is not just to have someone who encourages, but also discerns the need for that specific moment. It could be by giving a Bible verse or simply going out to eat and talk, and just treasuring the moment of having each other.
A covenant of friendship
I believe everyone needs a friend. We always look for someone to share our moments with. Be it a job promotion, a travel plan, future goals, or maybe terrible news in the family--whatever the situation may be, we just want to share our feelings with somebody. And it feels good to know that there is someone who has your back, that no matter what happens or whatever life throws at you, that person will be there for you and for that person.
David had one. Jonathan was a true friend to him. He was not just a friend to David. He was more like a brother to him. He even went to great lengths to protect David from his father, Saul. And in Jonathan’s honor, David cared for his son, Mephibosheth, who was lame in both feet.
Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David,
and his armor, and even his sword, his bow, and his belt. 1 Samuel 18:4.
And Jonathan told David, “Saul my father seeks to kill you. Therefore be on
your guard in the morning. Stay in a secret place and hide yourself. And I will
go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak
to my father about you. And if I learn anything I will tell you.” - 1 Samuel 19: 2-3
We all want a friendship like that, to have someone who would stand by us even in the most troubling times of life, or someone like the Jewish boys who would walk in the furnace with you. But there is someone whose friendship no one can compare.
A friend like no other
We desire to have someone who truly knows us. Someone we trust would say the right words at the right moment. Jesus has all those qualities. And more. He knows you more than you know yourself, He listens, He feels, He sees, He knows, He loves, He intercedes, He’s always present, and He will never fail you. What more could you ask for?
In John 15:13, it says, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” A friend like this leaves you speechless. He is perfect. He is a friend like no other. This makes you drop to your knees and just worship Him. Why? Because He saves. He took your place so could spend eternity with Him. He knows exactly what we need. And since He also knows that we need someone here on earth to encourage us the way He would encourage us in His words, He sends us the right people, called friends, to be part of our journey here.
So be grateful to the Lord. He gave us the precious gift of friends who would stand by us through tough times. This is one of God’s blessings to us because He doesn’t want us to go through life alone and without help. True friends heighten our joy in the Lord, and our joy in God will be fullest when we share it with other people. True friends help us enjoy God by enjoying Him with us even in the toughest times.
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