“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." Proverbs 17:17
There used to be a popular television game show that made famous the line, “Would you like to phone a friend?” If the contestant was in danger of having to drop out of the game, one permissible strategy was to use a “Lifeline”- which consisted of calling a friend for help. It was usually a wise move.
In everyday life as well as during times of challenge, it is a wise move to reach out to a friend. In the Bible, the books of wisdom literature frequently point out the strength, refreshment and benefit of solid friendships. Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed,” says Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NLT) The verse quoted from Proverbs 17 reminds us that it is especially during adversity that the depth value of close friendships is most evident. Friends are born for such moments.
In John 15, Jesus assures us of his friendship and teaches us how we ourselves can be a friend when called upon, Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends (verse 13). Not only is it wise to reach out to some one when we find ourselves in times of trouble, it is to be like Jesus to act as a reliable friend to others, the kind of friend willing to offer self-sacrificing love.
Today, by whatever means, offer yourself as a friend to someone. You just may turn out to be a lifeline.
PRAYER ENCOURAGEMENT: Dear God, it is truly amazing that Jesus counts us as his friends. Let us cultivate meaningful depth friendships, for giving and for receiving. May your Spirit equip us to be a friend in the way of Jesus, in whose name we pray. AMEN.
Link to the well-known hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” offered by the virtual choir of the Immanuel CSI Malayalam Church Choir, Bangalore.