Tend and Befriend, Part 2
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
and he makes known to them his covenant.
For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.
Go back and read that scripture again. This is mind boggling. God’s plan is for us to be like Jesus! There is more! He wants us to have a strong family resemblance to His Son so that people who live in our “village” recognize Jesus in us. Before you feel hopeless, despairing of ever reflecting to others the love of Jesus because you have messed up so much, hold on to this truth: If God plans it, then it is possible! Remember Eve? God gave her the name of Life-Giver AFTER she sinned. God is in the business of transforming dead, broken hearts into life-giving, hope filled, beating hearts. Can you feel hope bubbling up in your own soul, that you can be a life-giver in situations that seem filled with death?
How will you offer life-giving encouragement to a friend today? Pray this prayer:
“Lord, you promise your friendship to those who fear you, to those who love Jesus and are in awe of the love you have for them. Walk with me as a friend today and alert me to specific ways I can turn a life taking moment into a life-giving action. Stop me from speaking words that hurt, fill my mouth with life-giving words or stop me from speaking at all.”
Who needs your life-giving love today? Write their name in your journal and one way you will express love toward them today.
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the the MARKINC website and listen to Matt Maher’s audio resource so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
From pro soccer player to ex-convict Matt Maher’s story is a call to young people to think carefully before making impulsive decisions because the consequences could be deadly. Matthew Maher was born and raised in a strong Christian family, and for most of his life he was a good reflection of that upbringing. He was extremely successful in academia and sports, attended Temple University on a scholarship and was contracted to play professional soccer. Then one night, he made one choice that changed everything. On March 7th, 2009 he made the decision to drink and drive – causing a fatal accident. Charged with aggravated manslaughter and sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison, Matthew faced choices he never imagined possible.
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