What Would We Do Without Friends?
In the Word
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice (Proverbs 27:9 NIV).
Of the Word
Many smells are pleasing to the senses: freshly-baked bread, newly-mown grass, coffee brewing early in the morning, lilacs in the spring. Aromatherapy oils and lotions have a calming effect and help us to relax.
Proverbs 27:9 compares the aroma of perfume to the sweet advice of a good friend — a friend with whom we can share anything. One who listens and loves us enough to give sound advice.
That’s the kind of friend God instructs us to be: one who nurtures lasting friendships with love and prayers and gives God-pleasing advice, a friend whose presence is as sweet as the aroma of lilacs in the spring.
Love must be sincere. Be devoted to one another in love (Romans 12:9a, 10a NIV).
A Point to Ponder: Have I remembered to thank my friends for their sound advice?
Walking with my Lord
Thank You, Lord, for the wonderful friends You have placed in my life. I am blessed by the joy they bring to me. I pray in the name of my loving Savior and Best Friend, Jesus. Amen.
Mustard Seed: The Word: Wisdom for Living. Authors: Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer. 8/32 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40198
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