James the back-up friend
Acts 15:13 ‘When they finished, James spoke up: “Brothers, listen to me.”
James was that friend we all need when fighting our corner.
He was not James of the Twelve, he had been killed by Herod. This was another James, a leader who was well known to the church in Jerusalem. He was the half- brother of Jesus, the brother of Jude and he wrote the book of James.
We need this kind of friend.
Not the first one to speak up necessarily.
But the one who listens.
The one who waits until you have finished
The one who knows this is their time, their moment.
The one who will then support what you have said from their understanding of the situation.
A back-up friend.