Proverbs 27 11-27-18

Appreciating close friendships is important. We should not take them for granted. They most likely will be eternal.

Proverbs 27:9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.

Beyond the physical aspect of marriage is friendship. If something were to happen to one of you and the physical part of your relationship became impossible, what would become of your marriage?

In a broader sense, our friendships across the board usually come with expectations: Daily contact, sharing time, feelings and experiences which are all part of our relationships. We allow ourselves to be open to another person so that we can receive an objective opinion about our lives. If we trust our friend, then we value his/her opinion. We grow together, and together, we grow.

This process works especially well in the spiritual realm. We spur each other on toward love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24), and we tell each other the painful truth:

Psalms 141:5 Let a righteous man [a good friend] strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it.

As we go through today, let us first thank God for our good friends/mates, make ourselves available and open to their counsel, and then work to be a good friend to them. Start with the Lord Jesus; He is our dearest Friend.

John 15:15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends…

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