Philippians 1:7 – 8 “It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart, for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.”
Have you ever had to move, and leave good friends behind? Have you ever had a dear friend move away? I have dear friends sprinkled from California to New York. I have a missionary friend in Canada. I have friends in the military, spread all over the globe. Sometimes I long for their company, and I wish they’d all just move to Texas, so I could see them.
It’s good for us to develop strong bonds with other people. We need to take time to build and nurture close friendships. And it’s important for us not to forget those friends, even when we don’t see them often.
As we long for old friends, we can take comfort in knowing we will see them again, if we share a bond in Jesus Christ. We’ll one day have all eternity to celebrate together, in the presence of the One who gave us life. Until then, we need to put forth the effort to remember one another, pray for one another, and encourage one another as we look forward to that glorious day of our reunion.
Dear Father, Thank You for blessing me with friends. Help me to take responsibility for keeping those friendships strong.