When I needed to understand love and friendship the most God put my husband, Chris, in my life. When we lived next door to his parents when we were first married they took me in with open arms and treated me like I was one of their own. Even when they saw the ugly sides of me, which was hard to avoid, they still loved me and wanted me to be with them. Because of this God-like example in my life, I have been able to see how God treats me and how He wants me to treat others. In my greatest need, God was there. When I turned my back on Him, He still called me home when I realized my need. Despite claiming Him to be something else, He still was goodness and faithfulness. He definitely is a Rock and a Fortress. He is the ultimate Friend that will never leave me or forsake me. He is my example. He is who I want to emulate.
The devil likes to come around and tell me that I failed. He likes to point out all the people in my life that I no longer speak to. All the times that I didn't fight for others or forgive. He likes to rub it in my face that maybe I am not the easiest person to really get to know and that people have probably given up on me because I am confusing and well, stubborn.
Yet the children of your people say, 'The way of the Lord is not fair.' But it is their way that is not fair! - Ezekiel 33:17
Oh, but then God walks in. BAM. He pushes the devil aside and sits beside me like that Rock! He says I made this woman to be the person she is. I will put my character upon her heart and make her new, the way she was meant to be. She will forgive. She will love without fail. She may get frustrated when the balances just aren't working out right, but she will be loyal and true. She is going to reach out in the best way possible, for I have said so!
God has blessed me with so many beautiful women that I can now call friends, because of what I learned. I don't deserve the friendships that I have made. It really doesn't seem all that fair. But here is how God judges...
When I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, but he trusts in his own righteousness and commits iniquity, none of his righteous works shall be remembered; but because of the iniquity that he has committed, he shall die. Again, when I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' if he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right, if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of his sins which he has committed shall be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right; she shall surely live. - Ezekiel 33:13-16
I am grateful and not boastful. I am blessed, not because of what I have done but because of what God has done through me. Thank you friends for your friendship. You are a treasure from God.