Recently I received a phone call from a friendly-sounding person who told me she wanted to make my life easier. She called me by my first name and warmly asked how my day was going.
Then she informed me that she could help me save thousands of dollars a year if I would simply refinance my home with a particular mortgage company.
But once she understood that I really wasn’t interested, her friendliness evaporated.
Such insincere friendliness is often just a culturally correct attitude that some people use to impress others or to get something from them.
Contrast that self-serving attitude with the genuine friendship Jesus showed us. He said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Then He demonstrated self-sacrificing love for us by dying on the cross to forgive our sins. When we trust Jesus as our Savior and learn to obey Him, we experience a deep friendship that gives reality and sincerity to the friendliness we show to others.
Lord, help us to avoid the shallow friendliness that uses others to get what we want. Teach us instead to radiate the warmth of genuine Christlike friendliness to everyone we meet knowing true friendliness can be a magnet that draws people to Christ.
We thank you for your blessings in our lives
For your unconditional love and your forgiveness,
We thank you for looking after us, our families
And answering the prayers of those in need.
Lord we ask that you continue shining your light bright upon us
And surround us with true friendliness,
So that we may walk with sincerity
And do without dishonesty
We pray you will guide our footsteps
Helping us be more like you,
And allow us to fulfill our mission in this life
So we may rejoice with you in the next.
God we love you and thank you for all that surrounds us!
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre