“Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again.” 2 Timothy 1:3, 4
Paul’s words to Timothy may not be as appreciated as they once were. There seems to be a sad redefining of friendship and relationship as we now have access to more technology and information. Our minds process but a fraction of it, yet we succumb to its availability. Friendships are more defined by the click of a social media button while healthy close relationships and friendships drift away from depth and duration.
Timothy was Paul’s friend, spiritual son, and co-laborer in Christ. There existed between them a pure friendship of mutual respect, and Paul’s words reflect it. There is a place of earthly friendship available through Christ which manifests in strength, encouragement, and accountability, and these relationships are necessary in God’s eyes. May the Lord establish for us all friendships of this magnitude, and may we tend to them as wise stewards as they can cultivate a richer spiritual Kingdom experience to better reflect Christ.
Tell your friend today you are grateful to God for the bond between you in Christ as you do righteous and noble deeds in tandem with our God and King, Jesus Christ the Messiah.
Lord, Your kingdom is one established on relationships that are right, strong, and holy. I pray today for my friends and for Your blessings upon them as they seek first Your Kingdom and glory in all they do. Amen.