Spiritual Friendship (20 February 2021)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

My friends, the blood of Jesus gives us courage to enter the most holy place by a new way that leads to life! And this way takes us through the curtain that is Christ himself.

We have a great high priest who is in charge of God’s house. So let’s come near God with pure hearts and a confidence that comes from having faith. Let’s keep our hearts pure, our consciences free from evil, and our bodies washed with clean water. We must hold tightly to the hope that we say is ours. After all, we can trust the one who made the agreement with us. We should keep on encouraging each other to be thoughtful and to do helpful things. Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer.

(Hebrews 10.19-25)

Reflect:

Friendship between Christians can run very deep. We share the extraordinary privilege of free access to God through Jesus (10.9) and the challenge of living appropriately in light of our salvation. Our support and encouragement of each other can make all the difference.

A large community is great, but even Jesus had a small number of closer friends. It could be that you already have someone you meet with regularly to pray and share your spiritual journey with. But if you don’t, perhaps now is the time to find a person?

Respond:

If you have a prayer partner, thank God for them and pray for their particular needs. If you don’t, prayerfully consider if it would be a good thing to seek out.

 

Midday Meditation:

Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

(George Eliot, Leadership, Vol. 9, no. 1)

Evening Reflection:

“The aim of God in history is the creation of an all-inclusive community of loving persons, with Himself included in that community as its prime sustainer and most glorious inhabitant.” 
(Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy)

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