Friendship Day at Children of Hope School

Pastor Ravi Pahadiya
February 15, 2020
International Friendship Day

"Praise the Lord!

"We celebrated "International Friendship day" with the children in the school.
We taught the children about Friendship Day through colors.   It was interesting for the children to understand Friendship Day through colors.   We gave them six colored beads, Black, Red, Blue, White, Green and Yellow.

      Black - Black is separation caused by sin. Romans 3:23
      Red - Red is for the blood of Jesus shed on the cross. John 3:16
      Blue - Blue is for faith on Christ Jesus. Galatians 2:16
      White - White is tells us we are now clean and forgiven. Psalm 51:7
      Green - Green remind us of growth in God's Love. 2 Peter 3:18
      Yellow - it stands for the promised of eternal life. John 14:2-3

The children made bracelets according to what we taught them about the colors and placed them on each other.   Praise the Lord!   We taught the children some more details and encouraged them through the Word of God about true friendship.   Friendship is not just the best gift to humanity, it is also a gift that must be celebrated.   Jesus Christ had encouraged his followers to use money to make as many friends as possible so that when money fails, those friends will not fail (Luke 16:9).   Friendship was first established and approved by God.   Friendship is the most precious and most powerful force that binds people together.

A man without a friend is like a single tree in a field, which can never make a forest.   Life without friendship is not worth living.   We are created for friendship: friendship with God - God created man in His image and likeness because He wanted him to be His best friend.   God said, it is not good for a man to be alone; He then created a help-mate for the man (Genesis 2:18).

We have good friends and bad friends.   A bad friend is someone who pretends to be a friend when he or she is not.   He is like a green snake in a green grass.   A bad friend is a betrayer, a pretender, and a traitor.   He can deceive and disappoint at any time.   He does not care about your welfare.   He is only interested in what he gets from you.   How does one know a good friend?   By their fruits we shall know them.   A friend in need is a friend indeed!   A good friend is someone who is always there for you, even when others abandon you.   A good friend is ever ready to forgive you even before you ask for forgiveness.   A good friend does not count charges.   He understands you more than you understand yourself.   He sees what others cannot see in you.   A good friend can never hurt you.   A good friend does not hide any secret from his friend.

Our Lord Jesus Christ told his followers, "I call you friends because I have made known to you everything I learned from my Father" (John 15:15).   Good friendship is built on trust and openness.   Sharing is the essence of friendship.   Friends share a lot in common.   They share their ideas, gifts, wealth, time, business, challenges, success stories, word of God, and even love.   God's love is a self-giving love.   He loved the world so much that He gave his only begotten Son (John 3:16). Jesus shared his bread and fish with the hungry crowd.   A healthy friendship is built on sacrifice, for Christ Jesus, sacrificial and self-giving love; it is the highest expression of love.   "There is no greater love than this than a man should lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13).   A good friend is ever ready to sacrifice his life for his friend, just as Jesus did for us.   Glory be to God!

All of us need to actively seek, develop and maintain friendships from a Godly perspective and motive, a friend that will make a difference in your life.

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