Greetings Saints of God,
Did you ever wonder what became of someone you once called, ‘friend’? Maybe an old school chum? A child playmate of yesteryear, perhaps? We all gather friends and acquaintances at some point in our lives. But what is a friend really? Is a friend someone you meet who is here today and gone tomorrow? Or is a friend someone you know just because you go to church together. Perhaps, a work associate?
Friendship seems to be a lost art in the world today because of what the world defines as a friend. The Bible says, “A friend loveth at all times…” (KJV, Proverbs, Chapter 17, Verse 17). Those words, “All times” are significant to what friendship is all about. A friend is perceived as an individual who never disagrees with us or becomes upset at our various mannerisms. Maybe, we just think friendship is the robotic version in our own mind? Actually, the Bible says this, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend” (KJV, Proverbs, Chapter 27, Verse 17). True friendship is more than two people sitting in a café drinking coffee and agreeing upon every subject in fear that he or she might hurt one another’s feelings. Sometimes friendship challenges each of us to look into our own actions, lives, and attitudes. A friend can be like a mirror. Our true friends will cast a reflection through words of love and grace of what we do not see in ourselves. In the book of James chapter 2 and verse 23, the Bibles says, “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God” (KJV). Often Almighty God would correct Abraham. When Abraham lied on two different occasions God did not ignore his misgivings, but God told Abraham of his wrongdoings. The Lord was a great friend to Abraham because He did not allow Abraham to continue in wrong. May God help us all to reflect upon this simple message of friendship. Remember these words, “……..you can’t buy friendship with money. Friendship is a gift of God.” (William Branham, What Does Thou Here, Jeffersonville, Indiana, 1959, paragraph 15).
God bless you,
Brother Ben and Sister Samantha Norrod
ABOUT: Bro Ben has been a minister for the past twenty years. Bro Ben is married to Samantha and together they have two girls. The Norrod’s music website and newsletter is an extension of the ministry given to Bro Ben by our Lord Jesus. You can visit them at www.thenorrodsmusic.com