Tuesday, November 22, 2016
We need each other
Every encounter with a friend is an opportunity to be blessed and be a blessing. Being visited by a friend is a validation. The very act of them coming to see you speaks of their love and care for you. When they come seeking comfort, it’s an opportunity to reflect love and care back to them.
While living alone some years ago, from time to time, a friend who lived a few hours out of town would ask to spend the night at my place. He sometimes had very early meetings following a late night of work. But it made no difference how late he arrived, we always spent 2 to 3 hours talking. One of us was always in need of a little encouragement.
Each visit yielded new spiritual strength and refreshed faith. Yet, all that was taking place was two friends talking about ordinary life stuff. Yet those late hours of sharing are priceless treasures in my bank of memories.
Paul shared, “One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you. For I long to visit you so I can share a spiritual blessing with you that will help you grow strong in the Lord. I’m eager to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. In this way, each of us will be a blessing to the other” (Romans 1:10-12, NLT).
Every encounter with another person is an opportunity to have your faith encouraged, as well as for you to offer encouragement.
Who are your reliable friends? Do you get together often or rarely? Was there a time in your life when you had great friendships? Bad friendships? How are you a friend to others? Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments!
NOTE: For the past and for the next several weeks, Tuesday’s post will be a brief two-minute devotional. Think, “Tuesday Two-Minute Devotional” or “Two-Minute Tuesdays” or something along those lines. ;-)