Knights of Columbus Father Joseph J. Comyns Council #9638
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Knights of Columbus Council 9638 Lecture July 8, 2019
The Power of Friendships
Ed Niehenke Lecturer
God did not make us to be alone. To that end, He designed relationships—not just of the marital and familial kind, but friendships as well. Friendships fill the gaps in our lives, providing us with a wide variety of support, love, and entertainment. Not only that, but God has left us written testaments to the power of friendship, and of what it looks like at its best, so that we can know how to go about being a friend. 1. Start with Jesus
Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13). Why not begin with the greatest? Jesus knows his way around friendship, evidenced on the cross. 2. Jesus Calls You Friend “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you.” (John 15:15) How wild to think the Son of God calls us friends. A designation of “friend” details closeness, a very personal relationship. And why does he call us friends? The answer centers on communication. 3. Love That Friend Like You'd Love Yourself ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. The second is like this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31) 4. Take a Peek a Job's Friends “Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come on him, they each came from his own place: …and they made an appointment together to come to sympathize with him and to comfort him.” (Job 2:11) Friendship includes coming alongside our pals when they face death, sickness, loss, and other tough battles in life. It includes sitting with them, leaning a listening ear, and often, it’s handled well with minimal words. 5. Friends Influence Friends “Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend’s countenance.” (Proverbs 27:17) A central component of friendship includes communication. Conversations between friends cover a wide path of subjects, including faith, marriage, parenting, employment, family, and more. Jesus is my best friend and he loves me and provides for me all that I need. On planet earth, my best friend is my wife Betty who I have known for 57 years and Ed who I knew for 56 years. They helped me in whatever what ever I needed asking nothing ion return. Ed and I communicated all the time and got together either on the phone or in person.
Please share with others your best friend and how the person has enriched your life.