Wise Friends

26 Apr

God’s Word:  Proverbs 2:16-19

God’s Message to Me:

Choose friends wisely.  Look at their life—is it headed in a direction you want to go?  Too often friendships are chosen based on one area of common interest—ignoring the other areas.  To have a friendship that is mutually beneficial there must be common ground in these four areas; physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual.

Wise friends look out for each others best interests.  After spending time with a friend do you feel better about yourself—in the four areas mentioned above?  Does the friend build you up or tear you down?

Wise friendships are a balanced combination of both a missionary and a mission field mentality.  In a missionary relationship you are helping one another be the best you that you can be.  In a mission field relationship you are trying to help the other person be the best they can be but their presence is a constant drain on you physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.  Be cautious of these relationships.

God’s Question to Me: What kind of friend are you—are you a blessing to others, physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually?

God’s Promise to Me:  I am eager to give you wisdom in every area of your life—including choosing friends wisely.

My Song to God:  What a Friend we have in Jesus    Joseph M Scriven  1855

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.
Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

The story behind this hymn:  

Joseph Scriven was born in 1819 of prosperous parents in Dublin, Ireland. He was a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. At the age of 25, he decided to leave his native country and migrate to Canada. His reasons for leaving his country seem to be two-fold: the religious influence of the Plymouth Brethren upon his life estranging him from his family. His fiancée accidentally drowned in 1845, the night before they were to be married.  The grief-stricken young man moved to Canada. There he again fell in love, was due to be married and the young woman suddenly fell ill of pneumonia and died. He then devoted the rest of his life to helping others.

In 1855, while staying with companion Mr.James Sackville, he received sad news from Ireland of his mother being terribly ill. He wrote a poem to comfort his mother called “Pray Without Ceasing”. It was later set to music and renamed by Charles Crozat Converse, becoming the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”.  Joseph did not have any intentions nor dream that his poem would be for publication on the newspaper and later becoming a favorite hymn among the millions of Christians around the world.

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