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02/10/2011

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Relationships - Reaching In


"A Friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity" (Prov. 17:17).

The Book of Proverbs contains a great many verses pertaining to what good relationships are all about. Notice that I said good relationships, and not a lot of relationships... "A man with many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother" (Prov. 18:24). I equate good relationships with Godly ones. In a godly relationship, the bond can be trusted. I guess the common term today is, "I've got your back." Godly friends have our front, back and sides. They will push us when we need pushing, and lift us when we need lifting. Godly relationships are always there! A Godly friend will let us know when we are messing up. "Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses" (27:6). In a Godly relationship we are always honest with one another, even if an admonishment is called for. Even though the truth can sometimes sting, when it comes from a friend, the blow is softened, knowing that they have our best interests at heart. "Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel" (27:9). I really enjoy the comparison that the writer uses here. Godly relationships have a wonderful kind of fragrance to them. A fragrance that is all its own. Godly companions are always in the business of encouragement. Godly relationships are nurturing ones that always seek the good. My question today is this. Do we as Christians model these characteristics? I plan on spending some time in meditation on these verses from Proverbs today. I hope that you can find the time also. Next time, some New Testament words about Godly relationships....

Have a wonderful day... Make a difference... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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