Read: “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13, NLT).Think About It: A man who had once made his home on the dreary streets of metropolitan city in the “Rust Belt” of America had sent an email to the pastor of a local church:
“Wanted to take this time to say ‘thank you’ to you and your family. Also want to thank people from church who make me feel special when I stop by Sunday and when not there they tell me I was missed. Also [woman] who God placed upon her heart to start up a group to help divorced & separated to reconnect with God & hopefully save marriages. She is doing an AWESOME JOB. I was only guy there but when, at any time she would want me to give my opinion, I would do so cause what the group offered. I actually learned something! Being in one church is very hard for me ‘cause I don't open up much, but the lady who lead the group was the only one that started to open me up. Trusting people is scary for me. Been hurt too many times by people. This church is where I have heard music that blesses my heart and preaching I can relate to that will help me grow---thank you.”
Next Step: How can you apply this truth in everyday life? As you are asking God that question, ask Him to reveal someone to you that perhaps you have overlooked. Maybe they didn’t strike you as interested or perhaps, even unintentionally, they fell into a preconceived stereotype you didn’t realize you had. Is it possible there are those in your path that you’ve thought about involving or including in something you were doing, but thought it inconvenient and you’re still waiting a for a “better” time? Lay it down. Let the time be now. Allow your own life to be blessed and changed as you see another begin to come alive. That’s a friend. That’s love.