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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Joyful Treasure of Friendship

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Share with a friend and find delight in drinking in the joy of the Lord together,

            One of the greatest treasures of life is friendship! We are blessed if we have those in our lives who encourage us to be all that God created us to be.  True friends see our potential and help us to see our gifts and positive traits.  They aren’t jealous of our strengths, talents and abilities! They celebrate them with us and encourage us to use them.

            If we are serious about our spiritual walk with God, then we need to be careful about who we choose to be in our closest circle of friends.  Those who are not FOR what God is doing in our life, no matter how friendly they seem, are ultimately against what He is doing. 

            Proverbs 27:17 says: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”  Are you surrounding yourself with those who sharpen you or dull you? In other words, are they pointing you TO God or away from Him?  Are they pushing you toward His plan or pulling you away--- discouraging you, making you doubt what He has whispered to your heart?

            God will send us good friends, if we ask! But we must also be willing to reciprocate the traits of true friendship, as well.  We all need accountability and someone to help us aim toward a high degree of integrity.  This type of friendship brings genuine joy.

          Thank God for that friend who sharpens you and joyfully encourages you.


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