When we are in relationship with God, there is always an exchange. Many of them, actually. We offer things to Him or surrender them–our time, our attention, our idols, our sin. And He offers us things, in return: His presence, restoration, freedom, righteousness.
Though not on the same level, when we are in relationship with our friends, there are exchanges too. Maybe that’s because friendship is a gift from heaven. James, the brother of Jesus, wrote: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” That’s from James chapter 1, verse 17.
Holy Spirit spoke about the kinds of exchanges we make with our friends. He said, “friendship requires something of you as much as it gives. It requires trust and risk. It requires sacrifice and selflessness. It requires love.”
And He said, “In all friendships, much is required of you to love another person well—to be a friend who loves without reservation.”
But He also says something amazing about what is required of us in friendship. He said we can be open and trust and give freely of ourselves—because He promises that, in this, He will protect our hearts . . . if we let Him. He also said He won’t ask us to do anything that is not good for our hearts.
And He said something equally amazing about what, through friendship, we get in return. “I want good things for you,” He said. “And sometimes friendships are what I use to love you. Sometimes friendships are how you see Me and hear Me and experience Me.”
With all of that in mind, let’s jump right into some listening prayer with Jesus. Let’s do exactly what Holy Spirit counseled us to do. He said, “Trust Me, look to Me, ask Me, in all your friendships, what it is I have for you in them.”
Join us for “The Tricky Business of Friendship.”