You’re My friends, if you do whatever I command you (John 15:14)
I think I met the loneliest person in the world: in need of deliverance, 10 years wandering, friendless, if he/she would only surrender to the One Friend, Jesus. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and go see a psychiatrist, also.
“He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will—” Ephesians 1:5 (NIV)
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Acts 2:42
“We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in the throng.” Psalm 55:14
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting lift.” John 3:16
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13
“No one’s more important than people.” Julia Child
Father God, help us to love others as You love them. Lord, we foolishly diminish You, turn our backs on You, put ourselves higher than You, try to ignore You. And yet, there You are, loving us, ready to forgive us because of who You are …
Dear Lord, I pray for those of us that are isolated. Help us to open up to friends and church families, how else can we know that we’re sinning unless someone tells us? It’s scary that we’re all capable of sin, especially of the heart, but that’s why we need You Lord and Your work on the Cross. We can never get right on our own. Father, I’m in Your eternal debt for taking me in as one of Your family.
A true friend will be honest with you, “take the log out of your own eye,” (Mt 7:5). Some sins of the heart are fear, judgment and pride (Genesis 6:5).
John says, “if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth isn’t in us,” 1John 1:8. The truth is we can’t do any of God’s and Jesus’ commands in the Bible on our own. If we’re right in some areas, we’re wrong in others. If we strive to not do the sins someone else did and we succeed, we succeed in judging them, too. Jesus says, with what measure you use, it’ll be measured to you.” (Mark 4:24).