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Topic: Our Mutual Friend (not about the book) (09/15/11)
TITLE: What is a friend?
By Lady-Jessica Rapalo
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I have asked myself this so many times. And by asking this question, sometimes the answers are not always easy to handle. The truth about who is a true friend is not always kind, but it is always the truth.
A little over three years ago, I looked around and saw the people that were in my life that I truly thought were the best of friends completely disappear. The situation that caused this pivotal point in my life was actually a very cleansing time period. I literally saw before my eyes what the Bible said God will do one day when only what is good will be left standing when tested by fire. I felt that I had been going through this and it was burning up everything in my life that was not pure. As I began to read the Bible more and more, the Word began to come alive and it showed me that God had separated the chaff from the wheat for me. The only thing I was able to do was to watch and see who was left.
The beauty of going through so many difficult situations in my life is the secret I found the last time I hit rock bottom. The unconditional love I had been searching for my entire life had been with me the whole time. I have always had someone that loves me more than I could possibly imagine. Someone that has been there watching out for me my entire life as I ignored every effort that was made to communicate to me just how much I meant to Him. My only true friend that looks out for my best interest 100% of the time is the same one who created me and knows every tear that I cry. I can look back and see how He carried me through so many difficult times, but I had always counted it as luck instead. I can see His fingerprints all over my life, and it brings tears to my eyes to think I ignored Him for so long. He was such a gentleman; I walked all over Him without even a thought.
Jesus is not only a mutual friend for every man on this earth, but He is everyone’s counselor, physician, healer, Father, comforter. Jesus is all anyone will ever need to walk this earth. There is no way to comprehend and accept the full beauty, love, peace, joy, and fullness that is given to those who put their trust in Jesus. The only way to put it simply is to say that there is nothing lacking in life when the truth is realized that Jesus is the best friend anyone could ever ask for. It is as easy as fully submitting to the only one who deserves it.
The privilege of having Him as a mutual friend is what drives me to share this with all I have within me. This friend is one I want the whole world to have and share.
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