September 24 Eternal Friendship

Scripture reading: Luke 10:1–9

Key verse: Proverbs 18:24

A man who has friends must himself be friendly,

But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Jesus did not send His disciples out alone. He sent them two by two. This is a strong indication that God intends for us to need the help and companionship of others. Ecclesiastes 4:9–10 tells us,

Two are better than one

Because they have a good return for their labor.

For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.

Friendship softens us and makes us easier to live with. God uses the presence of friends to remind us of Himself. Often the avenue of blessing begins with a friend. But beyond our earth-bound friendships is the love of Christ, who is our dearest Friend. Through His Spirit, we receive the gift of His friendship.

The Holy Spirit instructs us in the ways of God, provides discernment, shouts a warning when we get off course, and provides a deep, residing sense of peace to all who have learned to rest in Christ. But the Spirit’s greatest goal is to lead us into an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Nothing comes close to the friendship you can have with God through the Holy Spirit. In the Greek language, He is our Comforter—the One who has been instructed to come alongside us whenever we are hurting, lonely, or fearful.

Jesus told His disciples, “I will never leave you.” He meant it. The Holy Spirit is Christ living in you, your eternal source of friendship.

Lord, thank You for Your eternal friendship. I will never be alone. You are always with me.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 279). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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