We all have many acquaintances but a true friend is one you can open up to and share everything. A friend will listen, advise and even scold you to keep you in check. A friend is someone who you have faith and confidence in with your most deepest secrets and still loves you. James 2:23 says that “Abraham was called the friend of God.” Put your hand in front of you and count how many true friends you really have. I have One.
When they were all satisfied, Jesus said to his disciples, “Gather up the broken pieces that are left over, so that nothing is wasted.” – John 6:12 NET
It seems remarkable, that he who so easily could multiply the five loaves into an abundant meal for thousands, should be so particular about ‘saving the fragments’. But Jesus would teach us economy. No matter how great our abundance, we should take care of the ‘fragments’. After we have eaten at our tables, there are hungry people who would be glad for the pieces that are left over.
But as for you, be strong and don’t get discouraged, for your work will be rewarded.” – 2 Chr 15:7 NET
If the service of God is worth anything, it is worth everything. We shall find our best reward in the Lord’s work if we do it with determined diligence. Our labor is not in vain in the Lord, and we know it. Halfhearted work will bring no reward; but when we throw our whole soul into the cause, we shall see prosperity. This text was sent to the author of these notes in a day of terrible storm, and it suggested to him to put on all steam, with the assurance of reaching port in safety with a glorious freight.
we are persecuted, but not abandoned; we are knocked down, but not destroyed, – 2 Cor 4:9 NET
You may be cast down by many doubts and fears, and lose the sense of the Lord’s love to your soul, but you cannot lose the reality, nor is your faith destroyed by the hottest flame. It is like gold; the fire melts away and separates the dross and tin, but never touches the gold. In your hottest trials your faith will not have lost a particle. Neither will your hope be destroyed, however you may be cast down about your state or standing; for not a particle of hope, or of any one Christian grace can ever be lost. They may seem to suffer diminishing as the apostle speaks, “If a man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss” (1 Cor. 3:15); but it is no real loss—it is merely the dross taken away, that he may come forth a vessel for the refiner.
Some of us think we are comforting people when we sit down beside them in their trouble and sympathize with them, as we call it, going down into the depths with them, but doing nothing to lift them up. To comfort is to strengthen.