Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Good Friend

A good friend is a person whom you can rely on to be there in your time of need.  A good friend listens to your problems and cares about what you are going through.  They have a sort of sympathetic understanding for your troubles, and joy when the Lord blesses you with good things!  A good friend prays for you.  A good friend feels your burdens, and offers help when possible.  A good friend will also check in with you sometimes to see how you are doing.  A good friend truly cares for you.  They rejoice with you when you rejoice, and weep with you when you weep (Romans 12:15).  A good friend encourages you in the Lord, and reminds you of God's goodness.

Some times, the Lord places such wonderful friends such as these in our lives.  Thank Him when He does!  And also, be a good friend back.

Are you a good friend to other Christian women the Lord has placed in your life?  Do you offer kind words and encouragement?  Do you pray for the Christian women you know?  Do you help when it is possible for you to do so?  We should be a good friend to others when we can.

Are we good friends to our children?  Do we smile at them and speak to them kindly?  Of course, we are the authority, but that does not mean we are not also there to listen to our children to hear what they are going through.  Especially as our children grow older, we need to be good friends to them (while still maintaining rules in the home).  When I say we should be good friends to our children, I mean we give them love and support, and a listening ear, when it is appropriate (not when little children are trying to get out of their chores) *smiles*.

Lastly (but not least), are we good friends to our husbands?  Are we supportive and encouraging to them?  Do we truly seek to help them by being wonderful homemakers and wives, and mothers to their children?  Do we have sympathetic understanding for what they face every day in the working world, and the pressures they battle?  Are we their biggest fans and support?  A good man is capable of much more when he has his loving wife cheering him on.

I hope we can show love and kindness to those around us, as we remember all that our Lord and Saviour has done for us.

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