Unbreakable Bonds of Friendship PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 May 2017 13:51

TODAY’S MANNA

BY Berlie G. Yap

“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Prov. 18:24, KJV)

Friendship ought to be nurtured and developed. One thing more, true friendship is not an overnight thing, such is a product of a long two-way relationship—each party helps each other build their friendship together, a day at a time. Like a growing plant, the owner of it, attends it day in and day out, so that it can grow well. Relatively, true friendship works also that way.

No real friendship may grow naturally without the intervention of the friends themselves. Faithfulness and loyalty are the two main ingredients which are extremely important to friendship. Without them, such friendship may just end to pains and even to betrayal. Are there how many friendship you already have seen dwindle to oblivion, because faithfulness and loyalty are absent then?

So, right now, as you are reading this article, you have all of the chances under heaven to help work out your friendship to a healthier one. Obliged yourself to be faithful and loyal. Prayer is another ingredient. In some of your devotional time, it will always be worth it to whisper sincere prayers for your friends, especially if they are far from you.

Praying for your friends regularly is better than sending him even a thousand quotes within the week! Prayer invites God to touch your friend’s life. Such will also work more effectively, if both of you pray for each other regularly. The true test of good friendship does also include the ministry of prayer. Do not pray for your friends alone, include their family members and personal endeavors.

I am inspired to write an article about friendship because a long-time friend of mine invited me for a simple lunch yesterday, in one of our malls in the City. I was in my work, then I texted and informed him that I cannot be around for six months, beginning on May 30, because I will take my 5 months review in Manila, plus one more month exam on November.

Without adieu, he called me then and asked me for a lunch out. He brought along his wife and kids. There I also learnt that he rarely goes out too from their furniture shop. Simply, he only left his busy schedules just to express his love to his humble friend. I was moved by his actions. We talked a lot of things during the lunch. They were only more than one hour, and soon we parted ways again, to return back to our individual works.

I wished him good luck. He as well shook my hands and bid me God’s blessings, to my greater endeavor beginning on month June. Both of us were encouraged then. We have been friends since teenage time. In fact, I lost my count if how many years exactly that we have been friends. Admittedly, over a good meal, true friendship can be built impregnably.

In the process, the advantage though is when either parties have works already. Thus, each can spend for the rest, anytime. As they say, the closest part of the heart is the stomach. It simply means, food as well can help develop true friendship and love. Remember, love doesn’t have to be necessarily for couples only, friendship needs it too.

Jesus said that. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (Jn. 15:13, NIV) The Lord showed to us that He is our best friend. He laid down His life for us all. He was willing to give His life for the entire mankind. He was our propitiation to the Father. Jesus is the Redeemer of the world.

He was nailed on that cursed tree, so that you and I can be blessed forever. Thus, we ain’t just servants of God, we can also be His friends. Let’s rely to Him. We do not have to carry our burdens all by ourselves. Do you know that Jesus is only a whisper away? We do not need to yell and expose our jugular vein, so that we can be heard by the Creator.

Just mention the name of Jesus, then God the Father will soon hear you. “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”’ (Jn. 14:6, ESV) Jesus is our access to the Father. Our burdens will turn to be blessings when God is with us. Friends, do not live a life of sorrow and pains, because God offers you a blessed and fruitful one, on a daily basis.

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