“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)
A friend gave me a philodendron recently that she had rooted from one of her plants. In just a short time, it has flourished. I have lots of houseplants — love them! So I assured my friend from the beginning that this new plant would be surrounded by lots of friends in my home. It sure is growing beautifully.
This weekend, I sent photos to my friend to show her how the little plant is growing and thriving. He’s forming new leaves, and he even has a new shoot growing out of the soil. My friend said she could see how happy he is. I told her, “He’s got lots of good friends. Good friends help you grow and flourish.”
As I said those words, I realized how true they are even for me. I am so blessed with amazing friends who absolutely help me thrive and grow. I don’t want to think where I’d be without them. Those friends came into my life as a blessing from our ultimate friend, Jesus. Talk about a friend who helps you thrive and grow. He sure does! I’m flourishing just like that little houseplant.
I hope God has blessed you with amazing friends who stand with you, as He cultivates and nurtures you into exactly who He created you to be. If you don’t yet have friends like that, my prayer for you is that God would send them immediately. Everyone should have friends who speak life into you.
And if you don’t know the ultimate amazing friend, Jesus, I pray you would invite Him to introduce Himself to you right now. He’s the most wonderful friend you will ever have, and He wants to be your friend right now and for all eternity.
God, thank You for my friends. Bless them deeply and help me to be a good friend to each one of them. And Jesus, thank You for being my friend and for helping me to grow into exactly who You created me to be. Amen
Thought for the Day
Say thank you to your friends today and tell them what a blessing they are. Say thank you to Jesus, who is the source of all friendship and who loves being your friend.
And enjoy this interesting tidbit: Philodendron comes from the Greek words for “loving tree.” Greek has several words for love, each of which captures a different aspect of love. “Philia” refers to the love of friends. Isn’t God cool!
Copyright © 2020 by Janet Eriksson
Janet Eriksson is an intercessor, writer, and teacher in Dahlonega, Georgia. She loves conversation with friends, front porch swings, sweet tea, and spending time on lakes and rivers. The author of nine books and editor of many more, Janet blogs and teaches at https://adventureswithgod.blog/. She enjoys volunteering with Transformations. Janet received her M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary.
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