Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.-John 15:13
I have to admit, one of my favorite television shows that I still will watch when I do watch TV, is Naked and Afraid. I love the survival skills that I can pick up just from watching this show. It’s amazing how these people will survive on very little food and water. Even though they’re nude, thankfully though it’s only showing their back side. BTW, I have never understood though the reasoning for placing these people out on a remote island naked. I truly believe that just being out there in the wilderness with only one person and a couple of survival items makes them vulnerable enough. I know I could not and would not do it. The show has those who just cannot make the challenge of surviving the full 21 days, so that leaves someone having to complete the challenge alone. These that have to complete it alone always say pretty much the same thing, that being alone is the worse feeling. It makes the challenge so much harder.
GOD did not create us to be alone though. GOD created us to have friends. Friends are the greatest gifts that GOD gives to us. The Bible gives some of the greatest writings that detail how true friendships really should be:
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.—Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a time of adversity.-Proverbs 17:17
As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.-Proverbs 27:17
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.—Proverbs 12:26
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.-Proverbs 18:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.—Proverbs 22:24-25
Having Godly friendships are so very important to me. As a Christian, I would hope that our friends are leading us towards GOD, rather than pulling us away from HIM. If you don’t have Godly friendships within your circle, it’s a lot like being on a remote island. You’re all alone without Godly friends. Without Godly friends, there’s no one that will pray with you. You may have family that will pray, and that’s great, but friends in CHRIST who will pray and be there for me, no matter what time, that’s a real treasure too to me. I really value my friendships and I look at them as my extended family members. But you can always tell who is your real friend when trouble comes. A Godly friend will be there for his/her friend, and will run towards you when troubles come. A real friend will help build you up, and not tear you down. GOD always gives us exactly what we need. If you have Godly friendships, thank the LORD for them, because these are GOD’S greatest gifts to us.
❤️ Shellie Maheu