True friends will stand with and by you in good and difficult days. True friends will do you no harm and will seek your best interest. True friends will correct you when you are wrong, comfort you when you are down, and give you hope when life seems hopeless. The test of friendship doesn't come when you're together. It comes when you part ways and you realize that despite the distance, the friendship is still there. True friendship is essential to happiness in life. Although the nature of friendship cannot be fully described, finding a true friend is a priceless gift that can be cherished at all phases of life.
Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him.
We have to face challenges in life. Some of them may come in the form of water and fire. When we step out on unknown paths, it helps us to recall that we may slip, but God holds on. He will not let us fall.
I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
Things will come in our lives to test our faith and loyalty to God. Some people will give in and give up to the pressures of life, other will stand and persevere through their struggles. They will sing with joy and give praise to God. Let us be like David, who, through his successes and defeats, his triumphs and failures, among the monuments and amid the ruins of his life, loved God with all his heart
My heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul
As we realize all Jesus has sacrificed for us and appreciate our inability to live the christian life on our own, we remember to praise the Savior for his grace. Today we can be rooted in Jesus, strong in our faith, and thankful to the one who has given us these blessings. Let us overflow with appreciate! Let us share this overflow with others!
Continue to live for Jesus, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Roy Graneau is the full-time preacher for the South Edmonton Church of Christ.