Yeshua Is Our Best Friend
Making Friends, Making New Friends
There are many days in my life when as well as praying for smooth transitions with the children while they homeschool, a gain of knowledge to complete my Psychology degree, a need to know that my adult children are okay, I also pray for my friendships. It is my friendships, especially those of my husband, Mark, and my mom, Sue, that help me to navigate seasons of frustration and exasperation. I have other friendships that matter just as much to me, and I would love to be able to write every name down right now.
When I was in Elementary School, I prayed fervently for friends. My father was military, and as soon as I got close to the friends I made, it was time to leave and move to a new place where I would have to make new friends.
By the time I was in Junior High School, my father had medically retired and the place where I thought we would live forever was where I really started praying about my friends; that they would be lifelong friends, that they would be friends through thick and thin, that one of these friendships would turn into a marriage.
When I got into High School, we had moved again, and I prayed that anyone I made friends with would not get close to me; I couldn’t bear to have my friends know what kind of hell I lived in at home.
Today, at this current time in my life, I still pray about the friends I have and the friends I will have in the future; but, most of the time my prayers of friendship concern my children- my five adult children who live in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and New Mexico and my three minor children who live in my home. I have good children, they are perfect children for me, they love Elohim, they love me, they love their father/stepfather, and they have hearts to serve everyone they meet. But, growing up today is not for the faint of heart, and sometimes friendship are not good for a person. My prayer is always that Elohim will protect my children in their friendships with other children.
I have many verses to share, verses that can be used for prayers and promises, verses that show us how much friendships mean and that friendships are a gift from Elohim
Elohim Gives Us Specific Warnings About Friendships
Mashali (Proverbs) 16:28--”A perverse man stirs up strife. A whisperer separates close friends.”
Mashali 17:9--”He who covers an offense promotes love; but he who repeats a matter separates best friends.”
Mashali 22:24-25--”Don’t befriend a hot-tempered man, and don’t associate with one who harbors anger: lest you learn his ways, and ensnare your soul.”
1 Corinthians 15:33--”Don't’ be deceived! Evil companionships corrupt good morals.”
Elohim Provides Us With Friendships That Will Build Us Up and Make Us Stronger
1 Thessalonians 5:11--”Therefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as you also do.”
Mashiakim Yehudim (Hebrews) 10:24-25--”Let’s consider how to provoke one another to love and good works, not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as you see the Day approaching.”
Friendship is a Gift from Elohim
Mashali 17:17--”A friend loves at all times; and a brother is born for adversity.”
Mashali 27:9--”Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, so does earnest counsel for a man’s friend.”
Tehillim (Psalms) 133:1--”See how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to live together in unity.”
Romans 12:10-11--”In love of the brothers be tenderly affectionate to one another, in honor preferring one another; not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit; serving Adonai.”
Galatians 6:2--”Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the Torah of ha-Meshiach.”
Philippians 1:3-5--”I thank Elohim whenever I remember you, always in every request of mine on behalf of you all, making my requests with joy, for your partnership in furtherance of the Good News from the first day until now.”
Philippians 2:4--”Let each of you not just looking to his own thing, but each of you also to the things of others.”
Strength in Friendships is Because There is Strength in Numbers
Mashali 27:17--”Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend's countenance.”
Kehilat (Ecclesiastes) 4:9-12--”Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls, and doesn’t have another to lift him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one keep warm alone? If a man prevails against one who is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Matityah-ha’Levi (Matthew) 18:20--”For where two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in the middle of them.”
Yeshua ha-Meshiach is our greatest Friend
Yochanan (John) 15:13--”Greater love has no one than this, that Someone lay down His life for His friends.”
Yochanan 15:15--”No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from My Abba, I have made known to you.”
Reishit chokhmah yirat Adonai, sekhel tov lekhol oseihem, tehillato omedet la’ad. Baruch shem kevod malkhuto le’olam va’ed.
The fear of Adonai is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments: His praise endures for ever. Blessed be the Name of His glorious Kingdom forever and ever.