A few months ago I attended a gathering and ran into an old friend of mine. We hadn’t talked or seen each other in at least a year and a half or so. We shared a quick light hug and immediately I realized that this person wasn’t particularly elated to see me. I started a conversation in order to hopefully catch up with this person so we could share what‘s been happening in our lives. Well, let’s just say that I was the one that had to be responsible for keeping the conversation going. This was not a reunion. Then it dawned on me as I kept trying to keep the conversation alive that this person and I were no longer friends. As I drove home that night, I admit that it did sting a bit. A slight heaviness came over me and I reflected on our years in…
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Good Christ centered friendships are priceless. Iron sharpens iron…this is true.
But when the Lord Jesus Christ allows “difficult” people to come into our lives, consider that this may be with the intention to bring out the worst in us, so that we may recognize our own flaws and faults that need to be dealt with. The Lord Jesus Christ already knows the issues in the other persons life, but he is looking to see how we deal with them, whether in love, anger, or simply by trying to avoid that person.This is not to say that we must allow anyone and everyone into our inner circle, but that we still maintain a forgiving and loving attitude,