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Who is my real friends? – Part 5 – Love each other Deeply

"Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart." - Eleanor Roosevelt
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The definition of a true friendship is someone who has your back, no matter what. They watch out for you and ensure you are not in danger. They will never purposely lead you into making decisions that aren’t good for you. A true friendship will always have your best interest at heart.

Have you ever had that one friend that sticks? You can sit by the fire and talk into the night about everything, especially the glory days. Or even school days and those mischievous things that you were up to?

But a deep friendship is different, it is one where you can talk about what is really on your heart. It is those friends you can really be vulnerable with and take off your “everything is fine ” mask. It is those friends you can ask how is it going and then, how is it really going?

Unfortunately the majority of us do not have those kind of deep friendships. 

Let’s see how you can love your friends deeply.

1. The Bible Scriptures:

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

 1 Pet 4:8

  • An image comes to mind of two people in love, zhe looooove birds. 
  • They were going along nicely when one hurt the other; maybe an unfulfilled expection that is valid.
  • Would that hurt cause them to break up? Not if they love each other deeply!
  • The makeup after the breakup means they are willing to forgive one another and believe the best about the other person.
  • Why would they do that? It means they realize that they too are sinners and have hurt other people most probably in the same way. Their love is a deep one; based not just the euphoria of feelings but a deep appreciation of their commitment and care.
  • You see deep love doesn’t just cover a sin but a multitude of sins.
  • Only those who love deeply can truly forgive a multitude of sins against them!
  • Do you love deeply like Jesus, who forgave your sin?
  • Did Jesus forgive just one of your sins or a multitude?
  • Are you like Jesus who you are trying to follow?
  • Should God only forgive that one sin of yours or all?
  • Why do we apply a different set of rules to people? We want to be forgiven by God but we are not willing to forgive someone that has really hurt you!
  • Remember if you cannot forgive, God will not forgive your sin!!!
  • Who do you need to reconcile with today to go to heaven?
"A broken friendship that is mended through forgiveness can be even stronger than it once was."

2. Close

– John deep friendship is on a whole new level!

– It is actually a spiritual friendship based on God and really what He has done for us. 

– If you have it in your heart to forgive and love like Jesus then you love deeply.

– This is the real acid test for friendship. If you can love like this you can call yourself a christian.

– This type of friendship is like the one you have with your wife. You continually have to believe the best about them and forgive them and not harbour bitterness. 

 

  • Francois I know this is most probably the hardest friendship to have but the best that will last for eternity. 
  • I know of some of my friends who call themselves Christians but are not willing to forgive and reconcile to one of the leaders in our church, our brother Kip McKean. 
  • They believe everything in the Bible except this verse: “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” – Mat 6:15
  • You see the principle here? In order for you to be forgiven you must forgive. 
  • If your sins are not forgiven, will you go to heaven? I don’t think so!!!
  • Even the verse that we are looking at today has an expectation for us to love each other deeply and cover over a multitude of sins. 
  • It is like it says in Mat 18:21-22 – “21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
  • Now this is on a whole new level!!! Peter the apostle was asking this, so even he had a problem forgiving people. 
  • So the question really is, do you have deep love that will take you to heaven?

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."

3. Prayer

–  John would you pray for us?
  • Would love to, Francois.
  • Good evening Lord. 
  • Lord I know how hard it is to forgive someone that has hurt me. 
  • I know it could not be easy for You, as I hurt you on a daily basis, but still you love me.
  • It just shows me that a deep love is one that forgives as a lifestyle. Like You, Jesus that said to Peter, he needs to forgive not seven times but seventy seven times. 
  • Lord a deep love is one that reconciles its feelings on a daily basis to have that close intimate relationship.
  • The world teaches us to hate our enemies, so when we are not forgiving people, we are just like them. 
  • Lord I know I can only forgive people if I have the Holy Spirit in me for otherwise it is impossible.
  • Help me to have this deep love that You have for me. 

Amen

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