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Ruthe is . . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
has creative ideas,
likes to give surprise gifts,
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and marriage,
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile
So this site offers;
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help to become Friends with Jesus,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
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how to pray Panic Prayers,
how to grow in faith
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Ruth's Devotion to Her Friends
It doesn't take long to read the story of Ruth in the Bible. But do the specific details begin to blur in our minds? We may start to assume that Ruth knew she would marry Boaz in the end, when she vowed to her mother-in-law that she would never leave her, or Naomi's people and God. A fresh re-reading has reminded me that Ruth did not know the outcome at the time she made that famous pledge of loyalty and devotion. A pledge that has often been used at weddings.
The observation I make here today is that Ruth's pledge of devotion to her mother-in-law-friend, Naomi, led to this other friendship that greatly benefited and blessed her with happiness. This happens to faithful friends all the time. Those who are a true and loyal friend in one relationship will gain others and continue to be a great friend in each instance. They usually do not go fawning on everyone they meet, but if they have one fine friendship, and if they choose to be your friend, you can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that your heart is safe with them. They will bless you and not hurt you the rest of their lives.
This encourages me to look about for such people. One of the best ways to attract such friends is to resolve to be a loyal and true friend like that ourselves.
Let's review the friendships we already have. Where we can improve one by a change in our behaviour, let's give it a try. We need to practice some where. Where a friendship is unhealthy let's abandon it as quickly and quietly as we can.
If we have no friends whatsoever, let's look around for someone who needs a friend, even for just a few minutes. Let's practice a thoughtful kindness to them, and see if our live doesn't open up into new directions.
You already know what it means to be ruthless. Instead, be a Ruth - her name means a loyal, compassionate friend. I like that meaning, so I wear my name gladly.
[Note: if you missed any articles in this series of article on Friendships in the Bible, and want to read them, you'll find them all linked from this index which is about Friendship]
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