Find Joy in a Friend’s Counsel
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.
Looking back on my life, one mistake I have made that is predominant over all the rest is of not always seeking the earnest counsel of godly friends. Of course, this one error can lead to countless other troubles and trials, and that’s another reason why I would place it at the top of the list.
I fancy myself an entrepreneur, an innovator, a person who likes to tread ground on which no other has tread before. If I had been born 100 years earlier, I would probably have been a pioneer in a wagon train. Someone once told me a pioneer is a person with arrows in his backside. Then “pioneer” describes me well, because I’ve taken lots of arrows there. Some of them went pretty deep and were very painful.
A friend is someone who loves you and wants to see you succeed in life. He or she earnestly seeks what is best for you. His counsel will therefore be honest and based upon his own experience and education. She may have blind spots, but chances are her blind spots will not be your blind spots. And so she can help you to see the pitfalls you can’t see for yourself.
Mary, Martha, and Jesus. These sisters threw a dinner party for Jesus. Martha served while Mary anointed the Lord’s feet with expensive perfume. Here is friendship at its finest. The joy Mary had known as she learned at her Master’s feet was now returned by her lavish gift (John 12:1-7).
Peter and Andrew. Peter received joyous counsel from his brother Andrew as the latter ran to find him with the good news that he had found the Messiah. What greater joy can we bring to a friend than to introduce him to the Savior of mankind (John 1:40-41)?
Prayer of Application
O Lord, thank You for the wise counsel of friends and godly people of the church. Help me to humbly submit to their sincere rebuke and advice, earnestly seeking it and acting upon it.
Copyright 2014 – Robert C. Beasley