THE 15TH OF MAY
FRIENDS AND SIBLINGS
A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity. – Proverbs 17:17
Life is so much easier when we are blessed with great true friends. While our family is given to us, we get to choose our friends. But the friends that God brings into our lives are the best! A true friendship is a give-take relationship and it matters so much that both sides have integrity, love God and live for Him. When Jesus is in the midst of a friendship, that is the best one and can last for a life time.
Normally, a blood relationship, should be even closer, as siblings go through so much together as they grow up in the same family. Every family has ups and downs and goes through good and bad times, no matter how rich or poor or where they live on this earth. A real brother or sister is always there in a time of need and it seems more appropriate to ask for their help than from anyone else, as we can be the most real with them.
True sibling relationships go both ways. Each one is there for the other one when needed, especially when they are God’s children, too. Unfortunately, sibling rivalry is oftentimes taken too far and when siblings form their own families, they often drift apart, going their own ways and losing contact.
Any relationship that just takes from us, especially when the other person is a “user” needs to be reconsidered. It is our responsibility to set the right boundaries and let them know what we accept and what we do not. And if they do not consider our terms, we should pray for God to show us what to do or if it is time to part ways. It is not God’s plan for us to be used by other people or have others walk all over us.
Thank You so much, dear Lord for my family and the good friends You brought in my life! My life is so much better because of them. Please help me be there for them too, when they need me and keep the right balance in our relationships. Thank You for giving me the wisdom and courage to set boundaries and be free of the bad relationships that drain me out. Thank You for showing me that I did my share with them and I know You love them more than I ever can and please help them to truly come to salvation. Thank You so much for the perfect way You direct my steps! In the Name of Jesus I pray. Amen