Title: The Best of Friends
Materials: Watercolor Painting
Artwork by: Lara Sim X YMI
Description: Engage & Encourage. Forgive & Forget. Pray & Praise.
Our best friends are with us in the good times and the bad — to endure the struggles and celebrate the victories.
Think of a friend or friends whom you have been encouraged by and loved by. Tell them you appreciate them today!
Engage & Encourage
Is there a friend in your life that you have been meaning to catch up with but never seem to find the time? Do you know what your friends are facing? The good and the bad? Make it a goal to connect with each of your friends on a routine basis — even if it’s only a quick phone call or coffee over a lunch break. Invest time in the relationships that matter to you — building each other up with encouragement and love.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Forgive & Forget
Sometime friends disagree. It’s in these moments that we need to remember what makes our friends individually unique and special to us. It’s expected that we will not always see eye-to-eye but we can always agree on how to move beyond the issue at hand. Be open to conversation and seek understanding. Sincerely offer and receive forgiveness — just as Christ forgives us.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13)
Pray & Praise
What do you celebrate with your friends? True friendship is about sticking together when life seems to be falling apart and celebrating the victories and blessings that God provides when we don’t expect it. Our stories are our testimonies of God’s work in our lives. It’s important to share life with our friends as a reminder of God’s goodness and grace.
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. (Colossians 3:16)