Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said: “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” Yes, he’s right. Friendships don’t just happen. They take time, efforts and upkeep. There is a price to pay for the take-off and continuity of any godly friendship/relationship. And that means we all must do something if we want to cultivate, grow and nurture relationships with others.
The Living Water {July-Dec, 2017} DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
DATE: Monday, August 7, 2017
READ LUKE 7:1-10
MEMORISE: Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel. (Proverbs 27:9)
The questions then are: Am I willing to lay down my plans and sacrifice my time and desires for my friends, just as the Centurion was helped? Or is it more important that I get done today what is on my to-do list while neglecting a friend’s call for help? Am I seeking the Lord for His direction towards my friends? And am I paying attention to the Holy Spirit for conviction? Caution! Never ask God to move in your life in this way unless you mean it. Because when you do ask Him to help you be a better friend and to help you reach out to others, He will give you plenty of opportunities that may or may not be what you had in mind.
Jesus got the SOS call from that Centurion. Yes, that had to change His itinerary, yet, He chose to ‘inconvenient’ Himself, to save that dear life. He didn’t send the word of healing to that dying servant because of the wealth or reported generosity of the Centurion, but because of His agape love for souls. How about God asking you today: to offer your professional skills to someone else in need, for free; to forgo your after-work errands or agenda to just sit, listen and offer a warm hug; or to give up your Saturday leisure to help someone move, paint a house or run a garage sale? That’s what a true friend does (cf. Prov. 18:24). It’s getting outside of oneself to give, and give, and give…! Just take a friend inventory today and see what changes you might need to make in your outreach to those you call “my friend.”
1. Here I am, O Lord, use me indeed for my friends, today and always.
2. Lord, make me an outflow of Your true love, wherever I find myself.
3. Pray that God should make the fellowships in our churches warm enough to fulfil His purposes in, through and for our teeming members.



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