Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman
There are four qualities about healthy relationships: Commitment, Protection, Risk, Encouragement. Those words describe it, but they don’t explain it. You have to go deeper if you want to understand. Jonathan is talking to David and he says, “Remember, the Lord is witness between you and me forever.” Literally, it reads, “Remember, the Lord is between you and me forever.” When the Lord is between two people, their friendship can grow and develop and last forever. When the Lord is between two people, their friendship can survive separation, misunderstanding, and hard times.
A godly friendship is a friendship built on God. It rests on him and he is between the friends holding them together.
Deepen us, Lord, for we live too much in the shallows of casual relationships. We take each other for granted and pass by without really looking. We listen without really hearing. Help us to be like Jesus who laid down his life for his friends. We pray in his name, Amen.
Love & Blessings,
Bruce and Suzi Elman
L’Chaim Messianic Congregation