8 companions to uplift your spirit

Everyone, at some point felt discouraged, it was our faithful companions, who lifted our spirit to find hope again.” Lailah Gifty Akita

Read this list of eight types of people who will bless your life.Unknown

Praying companions like Daniel

Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.  He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon”. Daniel 2:17-18

The next time you speak to God put in a good word for me. This is one of the advantages of having Christian friends. They will pray for you. Atheists and none believers can help you and support you. But unfortunately, they can’t pray for you.

Faithful companions like Paul  

‘Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater. Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him.  Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater’ Acts 19:29-31

Paul wouldn’t desert his friends. He moved single handedly to confront a mob who’d attacked his buddies.

The wording of the verse “Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him” is expressive.

The tense of the Greek implies that they had to use some considerable effort, to restrain Paul. Only with difficulty did they prevent him from facing the mob. Maybe they wrestled Paul down and pinned him to the ground? Maybe they dragged him away to another place until he calmed down. Paul wouldn’t hesitate to defend his companions. We need friends who are willing to fight in our corner.

Fighting Companions

 Joshua led the people into the Promised Land Deuteronomy 31:7. Many battles were fought. It’s reassuring to know there are people who will help you through your conflicts.

  • Judah and Simeon teamed up together to fight their foes. Judges 1:3, 17
  • Deborah accompanied Barak to lead the way Judges 4:8-9
  • Jonathan’s armour bearer went with him to launch a decisive attack on a Philistine outpost. 1 Samuel 14:7;
  • A battle pended for David in the vicinity of Achish 1 Sam 28:129:2. Abishai, went down to the camp and accompanied David during this conflict 1 Sam 26:6-7,

How many companions are there willing to join you in life’s battles? Do you have stalwart friends to fight with you in your trials, temptations and tribulations? Who do you call on to assist you in spiritual warfare?

Busy companions like Epaphroditus

 ‘But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs’.Phil 2:25

 Paul called Epaphroditus his “brother,” “fellow worker,” and “fellow soldier.” Epaphroditus was one of Paul’s busiest colleagues. A committed delegate of the Philippians. He worked so hard his labours had a detrimental effect on his health. Not wise. But his efforts highlight that the Kingdom of God is sometimes built through sacrifice.

If possible team up with busy people. Busy people put in their shift. They make sure their work is finished.

Adventurous companions king David, 

 ‘Stay with me; don’t be afraid; the man who is seeking your life is seeking mine also. You will be safe with me” said David to Abiather.

David’s friends never had an easy life. How can you have an easy life if you hang out with someone who’s always getting into trouble? Saul had put a contract out on David. He wanted him dead.  Abiather, would put himself at risk if he became David’s friend. This is in effect what David was asking, ‘Abiather, let’s share the danger together’.

He wanted Abiather to share a significant risk. And Abiather was willing. He became David’s companion on the rocky road to kingship. Whatever your mission, whatever your challenge, find someone with who you can share the danger.

Romantic companions 1 Corinthians 9:5

‘Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas?’

Some think this verse alludes to rich women accompanying the apostles to meet their financial needs. But this is not the context. The disciple Cephas, was married. We know from the Gospel of Mark that he had a wife, Mark 1:30.

Other Apostles were married. They each had their own romantic companions. They had spouses with who they settled down, and established families, and made homes. Romantic companions support each other in their work and ministry. Spouses provide mutual encouragement and enrich each other.

Faithful Companions 2 Timothy 4:9-10

Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia’.

People deserted Paul. Some had genuine reasons and excuses to depart. Demas left on account of backsliding. Crescens left to go and live in Rome and was never heard of again. Titus departed to minister near the Adriatic.

Who was left for Paul? Timothy. Paul could call on Timothy anytime. And Timothy would be there for him.

Timothy put all his church projects on hold and cleared his diary to acompany Paul. Are you developing the kind of companions that will be there for you? We might also ask who can depend on you to be there for them?

 Disgraceful companions

they crucified two robbers with {Jesus} one on his right and one on his left’. Mark 15:27

One thief on the cross was a disgraceful companion. Yet he was saved because Jesus was willing to associate with him. Even after conversion we get things wrong and miss the mark of God’s standards. We’ve all said bad things, pondered shameful thoughts or behaved inappropriately. What should we do when companions fail and are disgraced?

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted’. Galatians 6:1

True companions associate with you through your failures and successes. Though they may chastise you and justly judge you, they will be mindful of their own faults. A true companion will not disassociate from you in a scornful way.

The Bible also talks about a friend who sticks closer than a brother. His name is Jesus who is a companion above all companions. Learn more https://wp.me/P9kkri-lq

 

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