Tuesday, 14 June 2016
I have three ‘uncommon’ friends. According to Beth Moore, uncommon friends can speak their minds without fear; uncommon friends can share their hearts without shame; uncommon friends can stay close even at a distance.
In 1 Samuel 20:1-17, we listen to the tone and emotions expressed by David and Jonathan.
Beth Moore: David came very close to holding Jonathan responsible for Saul’s actions, and Jonathan came very close to getting defensive.
Their initial words to one another were natural under the circumstances. What is NOT natural, however, was their freedom to speak their minds and move on to resolution without great incident. Unquote
What amazed me are Jonathan’s words, “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do for you” (v. 4). Jonathan didn’t necessarily agree with David, but he agreed that David was upset and needed his help instead of his doubt. YL: Wow!
Beth Moore: Allowing others to speak their fears even when we can’t understand is characteristic of uncommon friendship. Willingness to listen, then to let the potential insults pass, is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of strength. The bonds of uncommon friends are deeper than the width of their differences. Unquote
YL: I love the statement – The bonds … are deeper than the width of their differences. Amazing!
Uncommon friends share a common goal: the will of God.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! … A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
YL: I love the last line – A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Who is the third party? Can you picture God’s part in the relationship? Amazing!
Dear Father God,
On behalf of my brothers and sisters in Christ, I invite You to be a permanent part of our relationship with one another especially in our families, life groups, leadership, committee and ministry teams.
If You are not an active part of our relationship with one another, we are missing one of life’s most important treasures.
After all, at the end of the day, what matters most is: Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Lam Yee Ling