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Divine Connections: The Need for Godly Friendships

We were made to connect deeply with Jesus and each other, to stir up each others’ hearts in the calling and destiny of God on our lives, yet so often we are far too busy to spend that quality time with God and one another. Those times are too few and far between. Heaven would agree:

“Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

I need this right now, and I know many others do as well. The Lord has given us Himself as our closest Companion, and He has also brought others into our lives that we know are connections divinely set into place by Him.

“As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” (Proverbs 27:17)

Father God, help us to use our time, energy, and other resources wisely. Orchestrate our schedules so that the time and energy we have can be spent in the right way. Help us to use that time and energy to engage in deep, godly friendships with quality time spent with both You and those individuals You have divinely placed in our lives. We need each other, and we need You. In Jesus’ name.

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some,
but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
(Hebrews 10:24-25)

We were not made so much to do, we were made to be and to connect deeply in intimacy with God and with others.

In all relationships, we must not go about things for the sake of our own benefit. Instead our aim is to be like Christ, seeking to be a help and encouragement rather than a hindrance or burden. We want to help bear one another’s burdens and spur each other on to live like Jesus (Galatians 6:2). As we sow the fruit of the Holy Spirit into our friendships, we will reap them also (Galatians 6:7-10).

Since we have such a need for deep, genuine friendship, we must prioritize these areas of our lives. As we sharpen one another in the Lord, we encourage each other to remain faithful and steadfast through good times and bad. We remind each other of who we are in Christ, and we help propel one another into our God-given destinies.

May we set our hearts to live out our friendships on earth as they will be in Heaven.

“…walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
with all lowliness and gentleness,
with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
(Ephesians 4:1-3)

Further Reading Online
Being the Friend You’ve Always Wanted (Believe.com)

God’s Rest in the Here and Now

The other day I asked God for an acronym for “rest” (that is, trust and rest in Him), and this is what I felt He spoke to me:

REST = Reserve Established by the Spirit of Truth

I shared this with a friend, and he shared with me an acronym using the word “busy” – which actually describes the counterfeit of true rest in God:

BUSY = Being Under Satan’s Yoke

If we are resting in God, we’ll have a reserve of energy in every way at all times! His Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, will do just as Jesus said – Guide us into all truth and reveals to us the things and words of God (John 16:13), comfort us, counsel us, help us. He will point our eyes to Christ in all things (John 15:26).

God fills every part of us with His Spirit: “they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4)– our “souls” mean “our minds, will and emotions,” every part of us as well as the Spirit of God living inside of us! He will remind us of who we are as believers–children of the Living God saved by grace. He will teach us continually about who God is and who we are in Christ!

We’ve no reason to worry, fret, doubt or have any concern! God carries all our burdens if we let Him and renew our minds with His truth. He–the Uncreated One who created all things–holds everything together, and takes care of it all! Let us have holy UNconcern! (I heard this at a conference this weekend.)

Some other “R-words” come to mind as well:

  • Righteousness
  • Rest/Restoration
  • Reliance (dependence on God)
  • Rooted (in Christ)
  • Right Response (because rest and trust in God are just that!)
  • Reality (of living in complete trust with God)
  • Renewal/Renewed, Refreshing/Refreshed, Revival/Revived
  • Relaxed (we can be because God has everything under control!)
  • Redemption/Redeemed
  • River (as in “Rivers of Living Water”) – John 7:38

“He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.”
(John 7:38 Amplified)

“[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints…”
(Ephesians 1:17-18 Amplified)

Can you think of any more “R-words” or related things to add to what has already been shared? Feel free to respond!