Friday, November 15, 2013

Being a Christian Kind of Friend

I don't want to be a dime a dozen kind of friend and I really don't want to be treated like one either. 
I like to give with all my heart, whatever it is I am doing, and that includes being a friend. It is my desire that my friends know in their hearts that they can call me any time of day or night and I will listen to them, and truly hear them. 
I will pray with them  if that is what they want to do. And pray for them if that is what they need.

Matthew 7:12 (ESV) the Golden Rule clearly says 12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophet

That verse makes me think a lot about how I treat others and the way others treat me. As we walk through our daily lives it is so much easier to just keep moving and avoid anything uncomfortable or messy than it is to deal with it head on in a Godly way. This is true with relationships with family, friends, significant others, bosses, as well as people we do business with. It's about having integrity.

Do we have integrity when we are afraid that being honest with someone who we see doing or saying things that are less than Christ-like?

Maybe speaking up when we see them being rude to another or hear them lying to someone will put a crinkle in our friendship or make that friendship uncomfortable for a time, but it shouldn't stop us. 

Does it not occur to us that it might make a good friendship a great one? Or are we so afraid of messing up a friendship that we will be a poor friend? 
If a friend of mine hears me lying to someone shouldn't they say, "Hey Lori, that's nonsense and you know it."  If I see someone, anyone... with their pant leg stuck in their boot, their skirt caught in pantyhose or dirt on their face shouldn't I quietly pull them aside and let them in on it?

In Galatians, Paul spoke of this from his prison cell regarding the way Christians should treat each other..."With respect, as if each and every person who calls them self by His name are our brothers." He doesn't say, "Those we feel like respecting or being nice too" he clearly says "each and every person..."  

Being a True Blue Christian these days is not an easy job. We are outnumbered by people who think we are crazy and don't understand how we can smile as much as we do even when our troubles are some days insurmountable. What makes us so confident that everything will be o.k. when things are spinning out of control around us?

Timothy 1:7 (KJV) it is written For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

A friend said this to me the other day...."If God wants me to live in my car, I will do so with Grace." Pretty humbling to know that He has a plan for all of us, He is in charge and we just have to let Him run the show because His plans for us are far better than any we could possibly have for ourselves. 

The only thing He asks in return is that we follow a few simple basic rules. The Golden one is an excellent place to start.