Friday, March 08, 2013

Acts17v25 {Guest Post}

I am so excited to have Lauren and Tom write for my blog.
I met Lauren several months ago and I am honored to call her my friend and sister in the Lord.
I find daily encouragement from their blog
and I am thankful for their willingness to share God's precious Word.
The pictures that Lauren and Tom share are fascinating and beautiful.
Please go visit these sweet people and enjoy their work and God's promises.

Today's guest post was contributed by Lauren and Tom Davenport. 
They are the authors of
Acts17v25 blog:
a website where they provide a daily Scripture
displayed on an original photograph taken on their travels.


Jesus, closer than a brother.

A companion could be someone we know from school, work, a hobby, church or even a neighbour. But if we mutually spend time nurturing our relationship, the companion is often promoted to friend. Yet, even amongst our friends, we favour some above others,
because we all have our likes and dislikes.
The world often chooses someone who likes to party, someone who is wealthy, pretty and successful, and someone who can have a good laugh, even if it’s at the expense of someone else.
 Ultimately, it is someone who likes everything you do,
or at least will help you get just what you want, even if it’s harmful or sinful.
The biblical idea of friendship, however, may be summed up in
"love your neighbour as yourself" (Mt 19:19).
This means that love is the key to true friendship, and is expressed with patience, kindness, truthfulness, forgiveness, believing, hoping, enduring, and definitely not envious, boastful, arrogant, rude, self-seeking, irritable nor resentful, and doesn’t celebrate your sinfulness (1 Cor 13:4).
 For, if our friends speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15),
then even our wounds come from faithfulness (Prov 27:6).
We are to "consider how to stir one another to love and good works" (Heb 10:24)
to become more Christ-like (Php 2:1-5).
Then we consider Jesus, who chose us to be friends.
Was it something he saw nice about us, as the world might do?
No, it is because "He is altogether lovely" (Song 5:16),
a "friend of tax-collectors and sinners" (Mt 11:19).
Completely different from what the world’s friendship has to offer,
he doesn’t want us to have our worldly desires; he wants us to have the best.
Why settle for gold and silver that perishes (1 Pet 1:7,18)
or even inherit the whole world (Mt 16:26), when you can have Christ?
He demonstrated his love for us, on the cross.
Surely, there is no way to improve upon that friendship:
"that he lay down his life for his friends" (Jn 15:13).
He is the most precious and greatest treasure (Heb 11:26).
He is Preeminent and beyond comparison (Col 1:15-20; Isa 40:18).
 He alone is worthy of worship (Rev 5:12).
He is "the King of kings and Lord of lords" and we look forward to his beckoning,
"Come, you who are blessed by my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Mt 25:34).
It’s nice to have companions, better still friends, even better brothers or sisters in the faith,
but Jesus is better than them all.
He is the most perfect friend and he sticks closer than them all.
(I want to start singing ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’).
Click on the link below to visit Lauren and Tom's inspiring blog.



5 comments:

Sherri B. said...

I'm off to visit Lauren and Tom's blog.

Hope you are enjoying your break! xo

Priceless Gifts said...

Thank you for sharing these lovely words with us from Lauren and Tom. I enjoy her blog so much and heard about your blog through Lauren. God bless you! Alice

Debbie said...

What a good reminder of what a friend is. "Love others as you love yourself." God's Word is very clear as to how we are to be friendly. Putting it into practice isn't always easy. Thank you for the words of encouragement. I have never been to Lauren and Tom's blog, I must go and visit.

Thank you for sharing.

Blessings!

Life and Breath and Everything Else said...

Thank you, Stephanie, for allowing us to write a guest post on your beautiful blog.

Denise said...

Wonderful guest post.

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