The fear of the Lord doesn’t mean you’re afraid of God or want to run and hide from Him. It’s an understanding of who God is… divine, omnipotent, righteous, and faithful. Knowledge and wisdom are a natural extension of recognizing these characteristics of God. And once we see God and His glory, it’s hard not to have awe and reverence for Him. May you be blessed with the understanding of Almighty God!
Have you been hurt by a close friend? Do you feel like you’ve been unfriended? How can you get through it and move on?
We celebrate our friendships. Especially those with our sisters in Christ. We feel that we have a special bond with our Christian girlfriends that we just don’t share with other people. We can open up about the hardships we face in life and share how our faith gets us through it.
But as much as we cherish these friendships, the truth is that sometimes they end. One day your relationship is thriving and the next thing you know, it’s over. I’m not talking about a casual friendship or someone that you see in passing, but rather that one girlfriend that you shared a deep and intimate friendship with. You told each other everything and you felt that you were closer than sisters. This is the girlfriend that you thought would be there for you until the bitter end. The one girlfriend that you thought you would never be unfriended by.
Maybe you had a falling out, or maybe you have no idea what went wrong. Either way, they’ve left you in the dust and moved on. Their life seems to be moving forward and you are standing still wondering what happened. The pain is real and somehow the idea that it was another Christian who hurt you makes it so much worse. You feel alone and betrayed.Have you been hurt by a close friend? Do you feel like you've been unfriended? How can you get through it and move on? #Unfriended Click To Tweet
The words of David speak so well in a time like this. He too knew the pain of being abandoned by a close friend.
For it is not an enemy who reproaches me;
Then I could bear it.
Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted
Himself against me;
Then I could hide from him.
But it was you, a man my equal,
My companion and my acquaintance.
We took sweet counsel together,
And walked to the house of God in the throng…
Cast your burden on the Lord,
And He will sustain you.
Psalm 55:12-14; 55:22
David was in terrible pain. It was not an enemy who had betrayed him. It was his companion and confidant, someone who David had worshipped God with. But in his grief, he was reminded to cast his burden on God, his one true friend. So what do you do when a friend hurts you? How can you find comfort and strength to move on?
Find closure if you can. Go to this friend and ask them what happened. Why are they shunning you? Let them know that you want to work it out. Maybe your relationship can be saved, maybe it can’t. But at least you will know that you tried to fix the problem.
Realize that God has a plan for your life and for theirs. God brings people together for a reason and sometimes He pulls them apart for another. It’s hard for us to understand this because we can’t see the future, but God has a reason for everything He does. Pray and ask God what His reason is. You may be surprised by the answer.
Wish your friend well and move on. Proverbs 17:17 says “A friend loves at all times.” Love and forgiveness may seem like an impossible feat at a time like this, but God can give you the heart to do it. Give it some time and try to move forward with your life. Forgiveness will come.
One of the most painful things we can go through is the breakup of a close friendship. It’s easy to become jaded and think you’ll never find another friend that close again. But if we turn to God we will find the comfort and strength that we are looking for. Our Heavenly Father loves us and wants to give us wonderful blessings.
Dear Heavenly Father, I’ve been hurt by a close friend. I come to You now asking for the comfort that only You can provide. Please fill my heart with love and acceptance. Please help me to forgive and move forward with Your plan for my life, and please be with my friend as she moves on as well. I know that You have our best interest in mind and that you will take care of both of us. Thank you for Your gentleness in guiding me back to where I need to be. In Jesus name, Amen.
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He is risen! He is not here.
What an exciting statement! Jesus has conquered death and has risen from the grave!
All over the world, Christians are preparing to celebrate Easter. This is our holiday! It’s a time to reflect on the fact that Christ has saved us from our sin by His resurrection. No other religion worships a risen Savior as we do. Jesus Christ is alive and well!
Jesus suffered great pain and humiliation on the cross. But this suffering turned to victory when He rose again. Because of Jesus’s resurrection, we have hope for a future life after death with Him. Without the resurrection, all hope of heaven would be lost. The apostle Paul wrote about our hope in Christ and the futile nature of hope without the resurrection.
Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
1 Corinthians 15:12-14
The resurrection is the central component of our Christian faith. It is essential to our belief in Jesus and without it our faith would be empty.
But our faith is not empty. It is based on these facts:
#1 Jesus lived a sinless life so that He could pay the price for our sin.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21
#2 Jesus died on the cross in our place.
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us ( for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.)
#3 Jesus rose from the grave on the third day.
He is not here; but has risen! Remember how He spoke to you, when He was still in Galilee, saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.
#4 Jesus’s resurrection was witnessed by over five hundred people.
He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me, as one born out of due time.
1 Corinthians 15:5-8
#5 Jesus spent forty days on earth before His ascension to heaven.
to whom He also presented Himself alive after his suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
These facts, or infallible proofs as Luke called them, are not happenstance. God planned the death and resurrection of Christ very carefully so that we could have complete confidence in our faith and salvation. Because of Jesus’s death, we have forgiveness of sin. Because of His resurrection, we have eternal life in Him. Praise the Lord, we serve a Risen Savior!