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  • Pastor's Corner For what it's worth, a tribute to friends

  • A widely circulated statement by some unknown person says, “If a person goes through life and gains one true friend, he or she is rich.” I am very, very rich. Having recently lost three good friends, the following words could be about either one or all of them; but, I have been blessed to have many friends, so all are included in this tribute to “friends."
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  • A widely circulated statement by some unknown person says, “If a person goes through life and gains one true friend, he or she is rich.” I am very, very rich. Having recently lost three good friends, the following words could be about either one or all of them; but, I have been blessed to have many friends, so all are included in this tribute to “friends."
    Webster defines a friend as “a person whom one knows well and is fond of; an intimate associate; a supporter.” While I respect Mr. Webster’s opinions, a friend is much more. A friend is one who knows both your virtues and your faults, and is still your friend. A true friend is one who does not insist on being your only friend.
    A friend is one always there for you but does not monopolize your time. A true friend will praise you for the good things and lovingly, humbly remind you when you are wrong. He or she will respect you, value your opinions, and at times disagree with you, but always be agreeable. He will rejoice with you in times of success and good fortune and will support you in times of misfortune and failure. Forgiveness is yours when you are wrong, and a friend is long suffering with the aggravating things you do. A friend will always be ready to help in your time of need.
    A friend is one with whom you can laugh often, share your soul’s burdens, relax with when you’re stressed out, and one whom you can trust completely. A true friend is far more valuable than money in the bank. I am rich!
    How does one gain real friends? The Bible gives us this word. “A man who has friends must himself be friendly,” (Proverbs 18:24a NKJ). Friendliness has a magnetic power to attract friends. To have friends, we must respect others, allow them to think for themselves, in their times of need, help them, and motivate and encourage them. Whatever their lot in life, “be there” for them. The last part of the scripture just quoted is great news for everyone. Referring to Jesus, Solomon said, “There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother," (Proverbs 18:24b). John quotes Jesus as saying, “Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you,” (John 15:13-14). At Calvary, this is exactly what Jesus did. We do not deserve this sacrifice, but while we were yet sinners, Christ died for the ungodly…as enemies to God, we are (or can be) reconciled by the death of his son, and having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life, (Romans 5:8-10). Praise the Lord, believers in Jesus can joyfully sing, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus!" Please, make him your friend today! Need help? Call.
    Page 2 of 2 - You may contact E.J. Bradshaw at (337) 238-0440, or by e-mail at bradshawej@bellsouth.net.

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