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06/14/2013

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A Friend Has Your Back


"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken" (Eccl.4:12)

If we have been on the planet long enough, we have probably been "stabbed in the back" by someone that that we did not suspect would do such a thing. A real friend will not only never stab you in the back, but rather will always back you up. Maybe its time for the Seim defintion of gossip... Gossip is when someone says something negative about a person that is not in their presence. Whether the information is true or not... Its gossip!! A real friend is someone who will fight to protect your reputation. They do so because they know you and respect your moral standards. "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" (Prov.27:17). When an old time blacksmith would forge something out of iron, it was placed on an iron anvil, and pounded with an iron hammer. Friends will stand up for their friends... So, what is the greatest gift that one could ever give to a friend. It is my contention that true friends want to see each other grow spiritually. Its that iron forging iron thing. The writer of Proverbs compares real friendship to iron that is banged on by iron. This allows the potential product to become what it is supposed to become. Immediatly we may say... "I wish had a friend like that." You Can!! , "But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother" (Prov.18:24). Jesus wants to be our best friend. He has done everything possible to be that friend. He has met all the criteria of Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 and much, much more. Joseph Scriven wrote a hymn entitled, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." It might do us good to remember a few of the words... "What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer. O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.. " It is wonderful to have some very good friends. But with Jesus as our friend, we will have the greatest friend ever...

Have a great day.... Share Jesus with someone... Love mark Phil.4:11

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