The friend given you by circumstances over which you had no control was God’s own gift.
I am blessed to be a friend of a generous God who lavishes His freedom, love, forgiveness and healing on me. He invites me to follow His example, and He encourages me to take what he has placed in my hands and extend it to others. I do so without judgment or expectation of repayment or without fear that I will lack. I give from a place of joy, for I have learned that the more I pour into the lives of others, the more God increases my capacity to receive from Him. I can never outgive God, for when I reach into His pantry, there is always more than enough for myself, and there is always more than enough to give freely to others. Healing, love, forgiveness and freedom; He freely gave to me, freely I give to others
“Dare to Call Him Friend” – Soon to be released.
A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have.
There are some men and some women in whose company we are always at our best. While with them we cannot think mean thoughts or speak ungenerous words. Their mere presence is elevation, purification, sanctity. All the best stops in our nature are drawn out by their conversation, and we find a music in our souls that was never there before.
Friendship needs no words – it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.
I have learned that to have a good friend is the purest of all God’s gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange of payment.
Our faith and our friendships are not shattered by one big act, but by many small neglects.
How often we say about our earthly friends, “I really would like to have a good quiet settled talk with them so that I can really get to know them.” And shouldn’t we feel the same about our Heavenly Friend, that we may really get to know Him? These thoughts have taught me the importance of the children of God taking time to commune daily with their Father, so that they may get to know His mind and to understand better what His will is.