Who is Our True Friend?

If the concept of our annual Friends Day coming earlier in the year has snuck up on you, rest assured you are not the only one.  The decision to change this day came as so many are gone in the month of May for various travels and obligations. The hope was that by changing the date to the first week in February, we would have the opportunity to have more here this year than in previous years. Each year our Friends Day has been a great success, and this year will be no different.  Have you ever stopped to think about what a “true friend “ is? Henry Ford once said that “a true friend is the one who brings out the best in me”. I think we could agree with that statement. We all know that our true friends will always want what’s best for us, and those to whom we are true friends, we will want what’s best for them as well.

 

Several weeks of announcing and planning will all be put to the test in just two short weeks when we all gather on February 3rd for Friends Day. If this is your first Friends Day as a member of this congregation, this is a special day. It’s different from “friends and family day” that so many congregations celebrate. This is a day where, as a congregation, we make a special effort to invite our friends and neighbors and family who are not members of the Lord’s church, so that they can not only be introduced to the church, but that they will also see that you, as their friend, have a genuine interest in the only part of them which is eternal, their soul.

 

Sometimes the thought of speaking with those we care about concerning eternal things can be uncomfortable. The perfect example of a friend comes from Jesus Himself. Jesus reminded us that “greater love has no man than to lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). The thoughts of Jesus going to the cross were also uncomfortable, but He made that sacrifice so that we can be saved, and teach those around us.  I am reminded so many times of how the entire Bible is summed up in Mark 12:30-31: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength” and to “love you neighbor as yourself”. God has commanded that we are to go out to teach others the Gospel of Christ (Mark 16:15-16), and Jesus reminds us that “if you love Me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). What greater opportunity do we have to show our love for God, and for our fellow man than to make sure we invite them to be with us, in just two weeks, at our annual Friends Day!

Ande Z

Activites:
Today – Area Wide @ JCA – Leave at 4:15
Tuesday – Devo @ Ande Z’s
Feb 15th -16th  – Retreat @ ICYC!

 

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