Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV

God given friends share the love of Christ. They lead us in the right direction. They strengthen us in time of need and show us that they care. Friends encourage us. They help us remember why laughter is GOOD for the soul. 

“Friends are the family we find along the way.” We all need the support of a loving friend; a treasured confidant with a listening ear and a heart of love for Jesus. Now more than ever, we need to know how it feels to love one another and allow God to connect us with those who will make a difference in our lives.

The Bible has something to say about love. John 15:12 says “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:17 says “This is my command: Love each other.” 

“Make new friends and keep the old. One is silver and the other gold” are words of truth. God has blessed us with friends and will continue to reward us with friends in the future. They are precious gifts; treasures of the heart. God given connections will grow love for one another. 

Give thanks for the friends in your life and celebrate with smiles! Truly, they are a blessing! 

Dear God, Thank you for friends and JOY that is shared when we celebrate YOU. Help us reach the heart of others and demonstrate the love of Christ. Show us how to encourage one another. Thank you for friends who care for us and nurture our walk with Jesus. We will find joy as we love one another, welcome the gift of friendship and find peace from the blessing of a grateful heart. Thank you, Lord. Thank you! Amen


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