There have been a few people in my life that over time have encouraged me, prayed for and with me and spoke life over and into me and some of the situations that I have been through. I am not sure that I have ever really thanked them for being an imitation of Christ in my life. We all have friends, but to have a friend, who is a friend of Jesus is something that until recently I have taken for granted.
We see examples of such friendship throughout the Bible. Ruth and Naomi are one example, “But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” (Ruth 1:16-17 NIV) The love and support that Job received from his friends in his time of need is yet another example. “Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him.” (Job 2:11 NIV)
I wrote this letter to express my gratitude.
You have no idea how you have touched my heart and changed my life. Your ongoing willingness to stand in the gap and pray for me, even before you have prayed for yourself at times, has never gone unnoticed. I know that many have expressed concern, and offered their love, support and prayers, but none with the genuineness and transparency that you have. The passion that you have to honor God and to see me and others do the same by fulfilling their purposes in Christ has been overwhelming at times. At any hour of the day or night, a simple encouraging word and your consistent willingness to lend your ear is often unexplainable. At times you can recognize my struggles when I try my best to mask them with a façade, and you constantly remind me that I am never alone. Even through the sharing of your own struggles that you would much rather keep to yourself, in obedience to the Holy Spirit you willingly share, standing strong in your faith and knowing that if God can bring you through He can do the same and more for me. Always quick to listen and slow to speak, and faithful that God will provide revelation in His time, you have been an example of discipline and patience time and again. I thank you for respecting my feelings and opinions even when you don’t agree, and never being afraid to challenge me to support my ideas and decisions with the Word. My potential to walk into my destiny has been greatly influenced by your anointing and consistent encouragement and love.
If I have never told you before, for all that you have done, for all that you are, I thank God for you.
Thank you for being my friend.
I love you,
Thank you for placing friends in my life that are reflections of you and encourage me to be the same. Forgive me for those that I have taken for granted, and haven’t expressed my gratitude for in the past. I pray that I can be a fraction of the blessing to those that consider me a friend, as my friends have been to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to be the friend that this letter is written to. Make today the day that you express gratitude for your friends and sisters in Christ! Do not let another day pass without letting your friends know that you love them and are thankful for them.
How do you show your friends that they truly mean the world to you? Share your thoughts below.
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Ms. Tiffany Huff is the devoted mother of two boys, a blogger, lover of food and travel, and aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for helping others live out their purposes. She is looking forward to growing in her walk and honoring God through sharing her EmpowerMoments. One of her meditation scriptures is Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”