THE CHALLENGE OF FRIENDSHIPS
Eccl.4:9-10;Prov.17:17

It doesn’t take a any discernment or great wisdom to come to the realization that relationships are both wonderful and difficult at the same time. As human beings we are all hard wired to need others. This is how the Father created us..to both need and be needed in a the content of earthly relationships that He puts us into.
True, you don’t have to have any connection to Jesus in order to have a connection with others on earth. BUT in order to experience the true expression and fulfillment of any earthly relationship we must first be walking in the one relationship that brings both clarity and definition to any other earthly union. That is, of course, our relationship with Jesus Christ. For in response to our love and connection to Him He is then able to bring other friendships, according to His plans and purpose for us, that will bring joy, meaning and yes, challenges to us.

Yes, you read right. Jesus will bring relationships into our lives that will challenge us. They can come in the form or family members, marriage, close friendships or even business partners just to name few. He will put us in contact with those who will be both a blessings and at times, an irritation to us. This is because He loves us and wants us to grow up into the fullness of all He is.
He knows we can only grow when we are rightly related to Him first THEN rightly related to others second. We can only effectively deal with our heart issues and other challenges when we are in right relationship to others He places in our lives. We receive healing in order to heal others. We receive truth in order to pass on that truth to others. We are restored and made whole so we can help bring restoration to others.

Jesus was our great example for this. (Heb.2:17-18) He suffered everything we will ever have to go through in this life so that He can not only be our Great High Priest but also so be our Great example of what we are to be to each other. None of us suffer in a “vacuum” or “for no reason”. Just like with Joseph, what the enemy meant for our total destruction, Jesus will turn around and use for great purposes not only in our lives but also in the lives of others. HE IS THE RESTORER and will use us to restore in the relationships He brings into our lives.

Seems the human heart cannot work through the issues of life very well outside of relationship. I really feel this is one of the reasons Jesus desires to put the “solitary into families”.(Ps.68:6) It is both for our joy and the emotional stability of our hearts that He does this.

Like many of you reading this, I have precious people that Jesus has put in my life. Each relationship is a joy and comes with some challenges. Each one comes with both and requires love, commitment and perseverance to keep each one intact and on the right track.

Let me encourage you to thank our Lord, Jesus,for each person He has placed in your life. Yes, even those that are challenging. For each one serves a purpose and is part of His plan to keep your heart in tone with Him.

ENJOY THE JOURNEY OF LIFE WITH CHRIST LEADING THE WAY !

Venetia Carpenter
Founder/ Ecclesia Int’l Ministries
http://www.ecclesiainternationalministries.org.

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