“You’re like a hard, old crusty sponge.”
Did I hear that right? Did my longtime friend just call me a hard, old crusty sponge?
“You know, like you’re so hard from life’s circumstances that it seems like nothing is breaking through.”
I didn’t want to admit it but she had me pegged.
As I shared how I was trying to find my way through a difficult time of transition she was not only listening, but giving me hope. Well, in her creative way.
She didn’t just pacify me and tell me everything was going to be okay or tell me to just get over myself. No, she went to the place I was and spoke truth into my life, all the while letting me know she understood.
That’s what friends do. They . . .
Offer words of wisdom
Pray for you
Jesus is the perfect example of a friend. Reading through the Gospels I’m reminded of how often He did the same for His disciples. He . . .
Offered words of wisdom
Prayed for them
When it comes to friendships, it’s been said “To have a good friend—be a good friend.”
I’ll go a step further. To have a good friend—be like Jesus.
He’s our example when it comes to relationships. He comes and sits with us in our difficult place and speaks truth into our lives. We only need to take the time to be a friend to Him and invite Him into our situations.
I’m thankful for my dear friend who wasn’t afraid to meet me in my place of need and be honest with me. What love . . . yes, the love of Jesus. For, “A friend loves at all times,” (Prov. 17:17 ESV).
Be Jesus to someone, be their friend and don’t be afraid to speak truth into their life! You may be the one who brings hope and healing that they so desperately need, but can’t find on their own.