A Season, A Reason, A Lifetime

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

Proverbs 18:24

Teaching some of the major themes of the book of Proverbs one can’t help but pick up on the topic of friendship. Solomon who was considered the wisest man in all the world had much to say regarding a variety of human relationships. In a strange way it’s comforting to know that Solomon’s words which were written down about three thousand years ago deal with the same struggles each of us face in our relationships today. Things like conflict and betrayal, trust and friendship are all touched upon and spoken to. So, if you have ever thought, “why do I have conflict in my life with a husband or wife, a sibling or a child, friend or neighbor” you are not alone. Conflict has been a part of the human experience going all the way back to Adam and Eve.    
It’s been well said, “people come into our lives for a reason, some for a season and others for a lifetime!” We don’t always get to control the length of peoples stay in our lives but we can always appreciate the time that they were there, thanking God that He knew exactly what we needed for the time we would need them. Looking back we are often times able to see more clearly the reasons and the seasons than in the moment we are living. Solomon celebrates those rare friendships that prove to be even more supportive and important than even our own blood relatives.

There is an old saying that goes, “I went to church to make a friend and I found none. I went to church to be a friend and I made many.” That’s the best way to approach pretty much anything in life. Don’t measure your life or relationships by what you get out of them but more importantly, by what you can put into them. Jesus said it best, “It’s far more better to give than to receive.” Be the friend that you would want as a friend!

“And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.”

2 Corinthians 12:15


Michael Osthimer





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