Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Power Of A True Friend

2 Samuel 13:1 - 3 (NLT) 1Now David’s son Absalom had a beautiful sister named Tamar. And Amnon, her half brother, fell desperately in love with her. 2Amnon became so obsessed with Tamar that he became ill. She was a virgin, and Amnon thought he could never have her. 3But Amnon had a very crafty friend—his cousin Jonadab. He was the son of David’s brother Shimea.

It is unlikely that I would ever have a blog entry with such a lurid account of someone’s private life, were it not for the fact that these details are enumerated in the Bible.

The story of Amnon reveals to all of us the influence of a “false friend.” If you take time to read the rest of the story (2 Samuel 13), you will discover the tragic consequences that unfolded in the life of Amnon. His demise can be attributed to the treachery of Jonadab whom Amnon evidently considered a true friend.

When it comes to finding a true friend, many people value secrecy over honesty. The coworker that you confide in regarding your ongoing affair with another man’s wife must be your true friend. The classmate that would never tell your parents about your addiction to pornography must be your true friend. After all they keep your secrets. In some cases they provide the “therapy” that helps you survive the lie you are living.

How can a true friend not value what is true? How can a true friend’s love for you be trusted, if their lack of integrity undermines the nature of true love?

1 Corinthians 13:4 - 6 (KJV) 4Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Your buddy that helps you justify your ungodly fantasies is not your true friend.
Your partner that “talks trash” about purity and morality is not your true friend.

Your soul mate that undermines your appreciation for what is right before God is not your true friend. That one that influences you to hate the truth you use to love, that person is not a true friend.

Jesus went to Calvary to prove that he is a true friend to sinners. But in accepting his sacrifice for our sins we are forced to acknowledge our sins. What kind of true friend would not allow us to hide our sins? What kind of true friend would not join us in excusing our sins?

Perhaps the kind of TRUE FRIEND that would die for our sins; the kind of true friend that now lives to give us His Holy Ghost power to overcome our sins.

John 15:13 - 14 (KJV) 13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

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