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If you see somebody today who really needs a friend — even if just for a moment — please be to him or her what Solomon wrote everybody needs.

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone?

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

It stinks to be doing the work of two when you’re by yourself.

It’s even worse when you face the attacks or hassles of a group and you have nobody to stand with you.

We’ve all been in these situations and we know our challenge would have been easier met if someone had helped us.

Please look today for somebody who needs a helping hand or even a defending commitment to help them against mistreatment.

This is so much better than being guilty of a sin of omission because we saw a need for help and chose to ignore it.

And make sure to pray for wisdom and strength in your efforts so that that all-powerful third cord of God’s intercession can make the difference Solomon promises.

As always, I love you
Martin

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We all need more real friends.

And more people need us to act as real friends.

We can have plenty of acquaintances we label as friends.

But unless those people are actually willing to intercede to help us when needed, are they really friends?

If we’re not willing to help somebody that we’ve described as our friend, are we really their friend?

God knows that we want and need real friends, loyal friends, interceding friends.

People we can trust to help us, not harm us.

If someone gossips about us, are they our friend?

If someone insults us, are they our friend?

If someone sees us in need and chooses not to help in any way, are they our friend?

Friends love. And that means, according to I Cor. 13:4, they always protect.

I want to be a real friend to more people.

And that means I need to be more diligent in seeking ways to help others, encourage others, defend others, pray for/with others.

Solomon described our vision for friendship in Proverbs 18:24 —

“There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”

Let’s strive to build friendships that are not contingent upon circumstances but instead upon the leading of God to love in an enduring, interceding, encouraging, sacrificing way.

After all, there’s nothing better than experiencing a loyal love.

As always, I love you
Martin

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My hero is amazing.

Here’s a description of this man that I read this morning:

“He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.”

These words from John 1:14 are, of course, describing the Messiah, the Lamb of God, the Good Shepherd, the King, the Savior, the Lion.

There are countless descriptions of Jesus Christ offered in the Bible, both in Old Testament prophecies and in historical accounts of His life and teachings. But all of them would be sorely lacking value if not for the characteristics described in the verse above.

We all want friends — best friends — who are full of unfailing love and faithfulness.

We want friends who will never leave us or forsake us.

It is deeply comforting that Jesus’ love for me was so great that He was willing to suffer in advance for the sins that I would commit after entering this world 1,923 years after His crucifixion.

Since Jesus was willing to do this for me, my appreciation should be reflected by my willingness to show unfailing love and faithfulness toward others.

I have some friends who are struggling. You do, too.

Let’s put John 1:14 into practice in how we support them.

After all, isn’t that what Christ does for us?

As always, I love you
Martin

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“I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

Matthew 18:17 is our teacher today.

On second thought, the little kid who loves going to church is our teacher today.

Friendly, unburdened by grudges, enjoying discovery of new things, wanting to share… these are characteristics of so many kids running around church buildings.

Let’s make sure that we have the same characteristics.

After all, this is what God expects from His kids.

As always, I love you
Martin

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It’s so nice to be around people who are so nice.

The alternative is not what anybody wants to experience.

That’s why I encourage you to think often today about how Jesus interacted with people.

He was always caring, always honest, always kind, always humble, always looking for how to help others and His words never tore people down.

He was the textbook friend.

When He spoke, life-affirming words flowed.

Let’s each pray for conformity to His example.

Let’s make sure that Jesus is Lord over ALL of our heart, not just the “church” part.

For how we speak to others is a direct reflection of the place Jesus has in our hearts.

Jesus said so.

“What you say flows from what is in your heart.” (Luke 6:45)

I love the people God has placed in my life and into my heart.

I just have to make more room in my heart for the words of Christ so that whatever I say to them will be caring, honest, kind, humble, helpful and encouraging.

I pray that you do the same because the world needs more textbook friends.

As always, I love you
Martin

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As a kid on the playground, I couldn’t stand it when a bully was picking on another kid.

Sometimes, I even got into trouble because I invited the bully to leave the kid alone and pick on me instead.

It didn’t turn out well for either of us at such moments.

Even as an adult in ministry, I’ve had occasions when I interceded in situations where one person was being treated unfairly and the attacker’s guns were then directed at me.

That’s OK. I just didn’t want the weaker person to be suffering unjustly and I knew that the Lord would sustain me during the attacks.

Part of being a Christian involves helping the weaker, whether emotional or physical or financial.

If we see someone hurting — particularly if from unfair treatment — our hearts should be moved to intercede in some way.

It’s not just about helping them, but also about confronting those who trample the rights of others.

Not everybody is able or willing to stand up for the weak person’s rights.

Those of us who can should do just that.

“The godly care about the rights of the poor;
 the wicked don’t care at all.” (Proverbs 29:7)

It’s like dealing with the bully on the playground.

If there are no boundaries drawn against attacks on the weaker, other wannabe bullies surface and chaos ensues whether in the workplace, the school, the church or the extended family.

If you have a friend or relative needing help in dealing with a corrupt mortgage lender or a neglectful landlord or an exploitative employer or a vindictive, manipulative relative, please pray for wisdom on how to pray with that person and perhaps even coach that person into better strategies for response.

It’s the godly thing to do.

As always, I love you
Martin

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It would be good if the Lord used you today to sweeten the air around a friend.

For you see, your Spirit-led words can be as perfume to the heart and soul of that friend.

The Bible says so:

“The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.” (Proverbs 27:9)

Have a friend who is struggling with a decision regarding employment or a family need or a medical procedure?

Pray for wisdom from God and for compassion to intercede with thoughts and actions that have been filtered through the words of scripture.

Consider carefully how your words might be best received in the way intended.

Display a deep understanding of how the friend is feeling… the fears and the hopes.

When the friend believes that you are sincerely trying to help because of your love for him or her, the receptivity of the words will be better.

Just the fact that you genuinely care about him or her will speak volumes and provide a refreshing, sweet aroma to a heart burdened with sometimes-stinky concerns.

Our friends need divine perfume.

Let’s pray for God to supply us what they need.

As always, I love you
Martin

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