Before I became a Christian, my life was not really all that “wonderful.” Like most people, I had a small handful of people I considered as friends. But truth be told, I was not able to depend on these individuals for help, support, or even guidance when it came to the important matters of life. Consequently, I found myself largely feeling alone most of the time.
But then I gave my life to Jesus Christ and what a change took place! Not only did Jesus save me from my sins and give me eternal life, but He established friendships with my brethren that have lasted decades! God has given me brethren who have been there to share both the good times, but also to help me bear the burdens of trial and grief.
The apostle Paul was very thankful for the people God put in his life, brethren who would both share in his joys and support him in challenges of his work as an apostle. He said to the Philippians, “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God…So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart.” (Philippians 1:3,7 NLT)
Paul expressed similar sentiments like this to his other friends in all the churches. (See Romans 1:8, 1 Corinthians 1:4, Colossians 1:3, 1 Thessalonians 1:2, 2 Thessalonians 1:3, and Philemon 1:4) To the Ephesians, he said, “I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly…” (Ephesians 1:16 NLT)
Thank the Lord that He has given us one another as brethren. May we continue to share good times with one another, lift each other up when we need strength, and continue to serve the Lord together especially in these trying times in which we live. Friendship is a precious gift from God! It truly is a wonderful life in Jesus that we can share together for all eternity!