These are all Scripture pertaining to friendship and the important tenants and qualities that make friendship an attractive commodity. Most of us have at least one good friend. My Mom told taught us an important lesson while growing up. She said, "You only need enough friends as the amount of fingers on one of your hands." I have found that to be a true statement, although, I have been blessed with the gift of friendship. I have exceeded that 5 sets of friends and actually have close to 10 good, dependable friends. Howbeit, there are always instances where God will give you one or two BFFS that will go the extra mile with you, and be there with you through thick and thin. That is what King David, before he was king, had in his friend Jonathan. David's love for Jonathan has been expressed in the Scripture. Against all odds, the two of them maintained their friendship until the day Jonathan and his father, King Saul, died.
I came across a Scripture in the Book of Zachariah the other day. I have read it several times within the last week or two. It is found in chapter 8:16-17. "These are the things you shall do: Speak each man the truth to his neighbor; Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace; Let none of you think evil in your heart against you neighbor; and do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate, Says the Lord."
I also came across a verse in chapter 11:9 that spoke to my spirit as well. I might have taken it out of context, as it probably has nothing to do with friendship, but everything to do with the season that I am in. "Then I said, "I will not feed you. Let what is dying die, and what is perishing, perish. Let those that are left eat each other's flesh." In other words, Jesus, said it like this: "LET THE DEAD BURY THE DEAD, YOU FOLLOW ME."
I am the kind of person that does not make friends easily, because it takes awhile for you to get to know me. People either like me, dislike me, or are intimidated by me. However, through the years, by the grace of God, He has tenderized my persona and is continuing to do so. I, like, all of you, are a work in progress. Titles, positions, rank, inheritance has nothing to do with it. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We all have issues, we all need to remain connected to the "True Vine," because apart from Him, we can do nothing,
We have a depraved heart by nature, and no one but God, sees and knows our heart. Even with the greatest intentionality, when confronting an offense, or someone who has offended, we can't always judge wisely. Our tendency is to protect our own heart, and so we wield the sword in our neighbors direction, before we allow that same sword to cut our own self to its core.
Unfortunately, there are some folk in 2016 that you and I are going to have to say good-bye to. If it, "the relationship or situation is doomed, or dying, you and I must allow it to DIE! We can no longer feed this dying thing. It will continue to be an albatross around you neck and drag you down, if you do not detach yourself from him, her or them. That doesn't mean you have to speak evil of them, or harbor resentment or bitterness towards them. Some people come into you life for a reason and a season. And just like those cans or meat in a supermarket or on a department store shelf, they have an expiration date.
Yes, I know we do not like to lose, get rid of, detach from things or people that we have grown up with or have become attached to. But, all that God requires of us is to forgive, pray for, and allow the grace of God to manifest and work in the situation or person's life, the same as you and I want the Lord to move in our life.
God allows some covenants, even those He has put together.
The beginning of a new year is the time when we should access, what is old, depleted, worn our or wearing us out and LET IT GO! Pray and ask God to release you from every weight and the sin that so easily besets you. if at all possible, try to confront, deal with, talk to, get an understanding of what went wrong in the situation or relationship, because if you don't, history has a way of repeating itself. If however, you have made an attempt and have gone even the extra mile as Jesus requires and there still is no resolution or peace in your spirit, pray and Ask God to release that thing from your heart. Even if your heart condemns you, God is greater than your heart.
Be mindful that God is spirit, and He knows the heart, He knows if pride, bitterness and resentment are truly the reason why there is so much discontent, animosity or hatred toward a person, place or thing. Let God be true and every man a liar.
Treasure the relationships that the Lord has given you and please do not take them for granted. Especially treasure the family that God has given and entrusted your to. Remember, love covers a multitude of sin.
As we enter 2016, we know that many leaders require their membership to go on a fast or some kind of consecration. Zechariah, once again, like Isaiah reminds the people about the motive behind such fast. Chapter 7:5, "Say to the people of the land, and to the priest: "When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months during those seventy years, did you really fast for Me-for Me?" When you eat and when you drink, do you not eat and drink for yourselves? Should you not have obeyed the words which the Lord proclaimed through the former prophets when Jerusalem and the cities around it were inhabited and prosperous, and the South and the Lowland were inhabited?"