Good Friends (Sept 3)

September 3

Good Friends 

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalms 98:1-9 | Ecclesiastes 4:1 – 6:12 | 2 Corinthians 6:14- 7:7 | Proverbs 22:16

Today’s Scripture Focus: Ecclesiastes 4-6

“Two are better than one…if one falls down, his friend can help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV).

It’s a dangerous thing to try to live the Christian life on your own. You really do need some friends for the journey; Friends who will be there to encourage you when you get down; Friends who will keep you accountable and speak the truth in love when you are tempted to fall; Friends who will be faithful even when you do fall; Friends who will accept you and love you through it all.

Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto, his faithful sidekick. Yet many today try to live the Christian life on their own, without a group of faithful friends to come alongside them to help them on the journey. Two really are better than one…and a cord of three strands is not easily broken. There is strength in the fellowship of good friends.

Christianity is best lived out in “one another” relationships with other friends. Too often we have viewed church as “sitting in a pew listening to a sermon.” I’m certainly not against doing that, but Christianity is so much more. We need to connect with each other on a deeper level. We need to laugh, cry, share and pray with one another. The journey is not always an easy one. But good friends are gifts from God that help us along when we get to the tough spots.

Thanks for traveling with me on this journey, thanks for being a friend.

Father, thank you for those friends I journey with. May our fellowship grow deeper and stronger. Help me to be the kind of friend that encourages others to grow in their faith and that walks with others through their times of trial. Amen.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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