Sweeter Than Honey

Categories: Tea & Truth

David and Jonathan. Samwise Gamgee and Frodo Baggins. Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Batman and Robin. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Tom and Huck. Lucy and Ethel. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Anne Shirley and Diana Barry. Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin. Dynamic duos fill the pages of both history and fiction.

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THEIR STORIES?

As Winnie-the-Pooh so famously philosophized, “A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.” Friendship is sweet, filling, and to be savored, just like the amber treasure inside our favorite bear’s honeypot. True kindred spirits are hard to come by, much more easily found in novels than history books.

Friendship’s benefits aren’t just limited to matters of the heart. Science tells us that friendship is good for our overall health, making us happier, less stressed, and ultimately live longer. But as the old adage goes, “In order to have a friend, you must first be a friend.”

God created us to live in community. In Hebrews 10:24-25, He tells us, “and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” We need people in our lives to care about and who care about us – those people who will go the extra mile to help us when we’re in need, who will tell the truth in love, who will listen to our tales of woe in this fallen world, and who will encourage us to stay strong in our relationships with God.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT FRIENDSHIP?

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Proverbs 27:6.

“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13.

“A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.” Proverbs 11:13.

“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.

THE ULTIMATE FRIENDSHIP

The best friend we could ever have is God. His love is perfect, casting out fear (I John 4:18). He is an ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1). He is our comforter (II Corinthians 1:3-4), our counselor (Isaiah 9:6), our confidante (II Timothy 1:12). And like every relationship, a friendship with God is a two-way street. Our reciprocal role is this: Jesus says, “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” (John 15:15).

“How sweet are Thy Words unto my taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103

8 Responses to "Sweeter Than Honey"

  1. B Hamlyn Posted on March 14, 2017 at 5:43 am

    I’m so happy for your last paragraph because while a human friend is so wonderful (and I loved all of your descriptions and great points), when we feel isolated or even betrayed by people, we so need to remember that our MOST precious Best Friend – Who NEVER lets us down – is our Lord! Our Heavenly Father! The verses you included are so reassuring … and strengthening… and beautiful! THANK YOU for this uplifting blog!

  2. A. Gordon Posted on March 14, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Thank you Jesse Chamberlain for all your blog posts. They keep me refreshed and mindful of the things of God our Savior and Friend!

  3. evangeline Posted on March 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I love your blogs, as a matter of fact I usually copy and share all of it to all of my friend and family. May our Lord continue to guide and bless you in all that you do for His Glory!

  4. Jessie Chamberlain Posted on March 15, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Thank you so much for your encouragement! God bless!

  5. Eileen Grafton Posted on March 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Excellent piece on the value of friendship! From Winnie-the-Pooh to God’s faithfulness, you covered a lot of ground, Jessie! Love your posts.

  6. Mb Posted on March 16, 2017 at 7:54 am

    AWESOME! Very powerful and a good use of Scripture!!!

  7. Ginger Harrington Posted on March 16, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Friendship can take many forms. Friendship is one of the sweet blessings God gives. Enjoyed your post today.

  8. 吴庆礼 Posted on April 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    May God bless Family Radio, thank God, give us the Bible.

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