by No Longer Wounded Minister on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 4:42pm ·
In 2 Timothy 1:4 (Amplified Bible) the Apostle Paul writes to Timothy stating he longs to see him.
4And when, as I recall your tears, I yearn to see you so that I may be filled with joy.
When we read verse 3 he says 3I thank God Whom I worship with a pure conscience, [a]in the spirit of my fathers, when without ceasing I remember you night and day in my prayers.
We can see Timothy was very dear to Paul. Paul prayed for Timothy night and day. He thanked God for him! In these two verses Paul sets the standard for Christian friendship. He shows us how to be a good friend in just two verses.
Writing encouraging letters was not good enough for the Apostle Paul. He longed to wipe tears from his dear friend Timothy. He wanted to have face to face genuine fellowship. That brought him joy. He wanted to be there, really be there, in person for his dear friend!
Please my fellow ministers! Do not get so consumed that we disregard those in front of our very eyes who need a touch, prayer, or hug! Technology is wonderful! It allows us to reach the masses in minimal time! However, there is no substitute to face to face fellowship, prayer, or communication. Don’t’ avoid your friend or neighbor that is right beside you because you are so consumed with writing your an inspiring blog. in hopes of “saving the world”. Make time for both. It’s the human touch that will make all the difference.
Today, I send out a prayer request to some dear friends and prayer warriors. For several months I have been going through a fiery trail. Today, I declared that enough is enough! I cried out to the Lord! I prayed the situation would end and the lady coming against me (the enemy) would be blessed and her heart turned to God. All for His glory! A dear friend of mine, a wonderful minister, send a quick text back saying “I am praying”. This is someone very dear to me, my best friend. Yet, am I her best friend? Our communication through this trail has been hit and miss (mainly miss). This is my iron which is supposed to sharpen me. I cry out to my Sister Friend “Help Sister I am drowning, I need you!” Do you hear me above the clicking of your keys blogging to sweet strangers? Will you get to me before I sink? Heeelllloooooo…..
I am not trying to condemn my sweet friend! By no means. This miscommunication today showed us both that the Apostle Paul had it right! Long to be with your dear friend. Call me and pray for me. Better yet, drive over and hold my hand and wipe my tears as we pray. Then give me a big hug!