Do not Weary, Your Friends! Part Two
“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to meet? Amos 3:3
It’s no secret that friendships are important because a friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. In addition, they provide us with social support, a sense of belonging, and opportunities for fun and intimacy. Unfortunately, however, some people believe that friendships should be effortless.
According to Amos 3:3, “Do two walks together, unless they have agreed to meet?” This verse suggests that friends need to be intentional about their relationships to thrive. Maintaining healthy relationships takes work. It requires compromise, communication, and mutual respect. Friends don’t always have to agree on everything, but they should be able to communicate openly and honestly with each other. If you’re feeling frustrated or ignored by your friend, talk to them about it but don’t shift every blame on your friends.
1 Peter 4:8-9 says, “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.”
There are a lot of things in life that can wear us down. It seems like every day; we face one problem or another. We all have those days when it feels like everything is going against us. Life can be tough, but it’s important not to take out our frustrations on the people around us. It’s easy to get wrapped up in our issues and start taking them out on the people closest to us. We may start to feel like our friends and family are our only support system, and when they don’t seem to be there for us the way we want them to be, we get angry. We may start to think that our friends and family are a burden to us, but that’s not the case.
It’s significant to remember that our friends and family are not our personal support systems. They are there to support us, but they also have their own lives to live. Just because they can’t be there for us every time we need them doesn’t mean they’re not supportive. If we start to feel like our friends and family are a burden, we should take some time for ourselves. We should go for a walk, read the bible and pray to God about it. We should do something that makes us happy to relax and clear our minds. Job 16:20-21 says, “My friends scorn me; my eye pours out tears to God, that he would argue the case of a man with God, as a son of man does with his neighbor.”
1. Help me, Oh Lord, to honor every relationship I am in without grumbling in a manner that wearies them.
2. Holy Spirit guides me every moment to be able to do what is pleasing to God in Jesus’ name. Amen.