God, I thank you for this day. Thank you for teaching us how to encourage and be there for others by being the greatest example of this yourself. God you love has been so great to us and there is nothing that we can't learn from you. God we thank you for this and so much more. In Jesus name, Amen
Today, I will be available for my friends.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
I Thess 5:11
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Being There When Your Friends Are Down
Bible Reading: Galatians 6:1-5
Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
“I’M REALLY FRUSTRATED with this friend of mine,” Jamal fumed. “His parents are divorcing, but he hardly talks about it. I want to be there for him, but I’m never sure if I’m butting in.”
That’s a problem you face when you want to be an available friend. Figure on this: People seldom blurt, “I need help.” But you can be sure it’s time to be available when someone talks or acts in a way that shows any of these signs:
You can always ask someone, “How are you-really?” You can spot those signs mentioned above. But it’s also helpful to simply notice events that trigger disappointment, discouragement, and depression.
People need an available friend when they have faced anything like the following:
REFLECT: Who in your world needs you right now to be an available friend?
PRAY: Tell God today that you are available to minister his care and love this week to a hurting friend.
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