In Touch Daily Devotion 14 November 2021 | Dr. Charles Stanley | Today’s Message
Sunday Reflection: A Safe Haven
To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.
As flawed beings, we’re inclined to judge and rebuke others more often than necessary. Sure, the Bible mentions our responsibility to confront others, but those instances should be heavily outnumbered by displays of support for one another. Encouragement is a primary responsibility of Christian friendship—and part of bearing one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2).
Scripture says friends are to love at all times (Prov. 17:17), keep one another warm, and lift up their fallen companions (Eccl. 4:9-12). God’s Word also tells us to encourage and build each other up (1 Thess. 5:11). If we clung to these verses, imagine what friendship would look like—a true safe haven, where people would come for edification and rest. Is that how you think of your friends? Is that how they think of you?
We readily recognize the expectations and responsibilities of many roles in life—for example, parent, spouse, sibling, student, coworker, leader, child, and volunteer. When we view friendship as a ministry of presence and encouragement, it will become the refuge that God designed.
- Think about it
What can you do to celebrate and support a friend today?
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Reflect: Here’s what godly friendship looks like: people who love, comfort, and lift one another up so both feel safe and edified.
In Touch Daily Devotion 14 November 2021 | By Dr. Charles Stanley. He is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries, both located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Stanley’s heart’s desire is to get the gospel to “as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible, through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God