40 Days of Repentance 2019 – Day 30
Thanksgiving For a Genuine Friend

Most of us have imagined being a king or queen, ruling over a country, living in a palace and being attended to by servants. We may have watched some Medieval period movie or a Queen Elizabeth documentary and become intrigued with the life of royalty. Reading the words of King David reveals a different picture as he often speaks of being encircled by unscrupulous men like ravening dogs, by those who seek to bring him down to the depths and to the grave. It doesn’t seem as if the ministers in his court were to be trusted.

David had at least one genuine friend and brother in Yehonatan/Jonathan. When David first went into King Shaul’s employ, he may have been inferior in his dress for the king’s court. Yehonatan loved David as his own soul and gave him his own robe, sword, and bow. [1 Shemu’el/Samuel 18:3-4] It was Yehonatan that warned David to flee from the king who meant to kill him at first opportunity. To have someone in your life who only seeks your good, to promote and protect you is a rare and wonderful gift. For that precious relationship we should be most thankful.

One aspect of this level of friendship is offering reproof and correction. Mishlei/ Proverbs 27:6 says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” In verse 17 we read, “Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of a friend.”

How many times has Yah sent a trusted friend to us to gift us with reproof and correction, allowing us to see that we are missing the mark in some area, but instead of heeding their words, we reject or even cast aside our friend? When we approach someone we love seeking to help them understand their need of walking at a higher level or of taking corrective steps, we put our friendship at risk. However, to say nothing is to allow them to continue in a hurtful path; for themselves and for those around them.

I suggest that we take time in our seeking Him to express thanksgiving to the Father for loving us so much as to grant to us those that we can trust as genuine friends. I also suggest that we repent for those times that we failed to heed their words that may have wounded but then also granted us healing. If we have rejected such a one, may the Ruach haKodesh/Holy Spirit prompt us to seek reconciliation and the restoration of friendship.

Barry Phillips

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