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‘It will be good for you, my daughter, to go with his girls… in someone else’s field you might be harmed.’ Ruth 2:22 NIV

Kristin Armstrong writes: ‘If you have godly girlfriends, love and nurture those relationships as though your life depends on them—because it does. Everything is better when you “go with His girls”… Life is safer, more authentic, longer lasting, and just plain more fun. God created women to rely on other women. I’m blessed by girlfriends who lift me when I’m low, level me when I’m high, and show me the face of God on a daily basis through compassion, humour, strength, and unconditional love. May you cultivate and enjoy the same.’

But guess what? Guys need friends just as much as girls do. Bet you didn’t see that coming! Yep, Solomon wrote, ‘A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.’ (Proverbs 17:17 NKJV)

True friends are those who don’t bail on you at the first sign of trouble. They stand by you even when there’s nothing they can do. They’ll be there at your parents’ funeral, come with you if you’re summoned to court, they’ll quietly listen when you need to offload and pick you up when you fall. Their encouragement and prayers can lift your heavy load and make all the difference. Just to know you have a friend who will stick it out until the finish and point out the light at the end of the tunnel when you’re about to give up—yep, that helps to pull you through. So two things—

(1) thank God for your friends who just ‘stand by’

and

(2) be that friend.

SoulFood: Neh 8–10, Mark 12:13–27, Ps 78:56–64, Prov 24: 5–9

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017

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