Are solid friendships important to you?
The world has never been more connected than it is at this point in time. We have the ability to Facetime our friends on different continents, call our long-distance boyfriends whenever we please and can keep up with the day-to-day activities of our friends on social media. Yet, we live in a time where people feel less connected than ever.
We live in a society that is obsessed with the “Me” and constantly ignores the “We.” How can we love Jesus to the fullest if we are not loving His bride – the church, the people fully? Having solid friends is important. Who you surround yourself with, shapes who you are.
Jesus calls us to live in fellowship with other Christians. That way we can learn, grow and mature among people that love us.
In Luke 1, Mary goes to Judah to visit her friend Elizabeth. Luke 1:41 details that when Elizabeth heard Mary greeting her, the baby in her womb (who would be born John the Baptist) leaped.
We then learn in Luke 1:56 that Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months.
“And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home,” Luke 1:56.
The Bible doesn’t deeply detail the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth, but their actions towards each other can lead us to believe that they were close friends.
When Mary found out she was pregnant, she rushed to tell Elizabeth, who lived 80-100 miles away from Nazareth. She traveled a decent distance to see Elizabeth, and then stayed for an extended visit. We can assume she helped Elizabeth around the house, and didn’t just sit around.
There are three different main takeaways we can gain from the friendship between the women, and implement in our own friendships.
- Share joy
- Be encouraging
- Make personal sacrifices
One of my favorite quotes on friendship comes from Clayton King.
He said: “You can be alive alone, but you cannot thrive alone.”
Part of the motivation behind Ezer itself was to create an online community for girls around the world to connect and plug into. But that doesn’t lessen the importance of plugging into a church, a small group, or even starting your own Bible study!
Keep pouring into your friends. Keep encouraging your friends. Keep loving your friends. The community it will foster will help you get through the bad times, and propel you forward in the good.
This Christmas season, make sure to go out of your way to show your friends how much you care about them. Good friends are few and far between, so if you have some you are lucky.
With you always,
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TODAY’S PROMPT —
Think about who you surround yourself with – are they adding or taking from your walk with Jesus? Are you plugged into a body, and/or a small group that constantly challenges your faith? This morning reflect and think about which friends in your life that you are truly grateful for.
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING —
“And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” Luke 1:45
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