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Devotional - Who's Got Your Back?

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Devotional - Who's Got Your Back?

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You can’t have your friends and eat them too. Budd Schulberg, Sportswriter

We are wired to be social, to be a part of a group or a team. While some of us are more social than others, all of us want people in our life whom we enjoy relating to and with whom we can feel special. We call these people our friends.

Experts tell us friends are vital to our mental and emotional state. We play life more calmly and confidently when we have friends.

C.S. Lewis, Christian apologist and author of The Chronicles of Narnia, provided an interesting thought on friendships when he said,

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

Friendships provide the pageantry for the game of life. They add flavor to the game. Friends can be a source of power providing the strength to keep on when we’re tempted to give up.

Someone has said, “if you want a friend be a friend.” “This idea, of “being a friend”, while it sounds good, is kind of a hazy. Coach Jesus cleared it up when he said,

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friendsJohn 15:12-13 (NIV) 

Our Coach not only told us what to do, He showed us.

… the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28 (NIV)

While most of us will never be called to literally lay down our life in death, we can practice the principle by having our friend’s BACK.

  • Benefiting: Playing my life for the benefit of my friends and not just for myself.

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 (NIV)

  • Accepting: Celebrating my friend’s strengths and minimizing their weakness’.

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Romans 15:7 (NIV)

Cheering: Urging my friends on in whatever good thing they are endeavoring to do and not competing with them for attention.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

Keeping things cleared up: Cleaning things up when things get messed up.

Bear with each other and forgive one another ... Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV)

Friends are not your whole life, but they make your life whole.

Who’s back do you have?

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