THURSDAY : 11th February 2021
I have nobody else like him who will genuinely care for your needs (Philippians 2:20)
There are some of us who are currently in a time of emotional discouragement and need a word of encouragement. There are some of us who feel like a spiritual orphan and need some gracious assurance. There are some of us who long for a voice of hope as we go through our wilderness experiences.
In difficult times, true friends are essential.
A true friend is one who is ready to help, comfort, and stand by each and every one of us, especially in times of adversity; notwithstanding, a true friend is also discerning. A true friend asks hard questions, confronts falsehood and demands truth; eventually, this kind of honesty can be the best soil for encouragement, assurance and hope.
This is what Apostle Paul saw and experienced in two friends: Timothy and Epaphroditus. Timothy was a friend who was like a son to Paul in the work of the gospel of Christ (Philippians 2:19-22), and Epaphroditus was like a brother, serving as a fellow worker and fellow soldier in the cause of Christ (Philippians 2:25). Paul welcomed these friends with joy because they shared a genuine Christ-centered interest in the well-being of others.
No matter the number of true friends we have, the most dependable friend, however is Jesus. As the friend of sinners, He is always ready to help, comfort, and stand by those who turn in repentance to Him. His help is always encouraging, his comfort is assuring, and his presence is the foundation of hope; all those who trust in Jesus can be called God’s friend like Abraham (James 2:23).
While thanking the Lord for sending Jesus, our Saviour and Friend, may He enable us to help, comfort, and stand by each other, as He has done with us, in Jesus’s name. Amen
Good morning and have
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Let us strive to be ‘REAL FRIENDS’
Rev Kunle OSUNSANYA.