Acts 24:23 “He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard but to give him some freedom and permit his friends to take care of his needs.”
Paul was chained and imprisoned. He had various needs like food and clothes. Above all he needed a friend to care of him.
Are you a friend to those who are held back?
Are you a friend to those with little freedom?
This week I heard how one of my missionaries was taking a lady to the market because that lady was too afraid to leave her home. That missionary was a friend.
Paul was chained and imprisoned. Yet he had some freedom. Friendship needs space to breathe and prove its worth. Some shut down this space maybe because they have been hurt or perhaps they don’t have time for people in their lives. We were not created to be alone. We must not allow pride or pain to close down God’s purposes for our lives.
For friendship to exist there needs to be 2 elements: the desire to be a friend and the desire to have a friend.
Which desire will you focus on today ?