Faithful Friends

Acts 18:1-3

Recently, I received a note from my best friend of 23 years. It was a reminder of all the different things we have been through together. We have laughed hysterically and cried uncontrollably. There have been weddings, several babies, and extremely hard funerals. We have truly been faithful friends through the years.

I think it’s safe to say that Priscilla and her husband Aquila were faithful friends to each other, and also to Paul. They met through the common thread of being tentmakers and, they were all new to the town of Corinth. Priscilla opened up their home to Paul and they all became fast friends. They all had a passion for Christ and longed to teach people in their community about Jesus and his teachings.

After a while Paul, Priscilla, and Aquila were separated. Paul decided to move on while Priscilla and her husband stayed in Ephesus. They started a church in their home. I imagine not having your friend around for this new adventure had to be hard. Although Priscilla was a very strong woman, we all want a shoulder to lean on and a cheerleader in our corner.

Even though Paul, Priscilla, and Aquila were separated for several years we know they all had a special place in each other’s hearts. When Paul was in his final days on earth he wrote his goodbyes in a letter. Priscilla must have been completely devastated to lose her friend but so proud of his for the live he lived. They were all truly faithful friends.

picSo, the part I didn’t tell you was that I still have my awesome friend. Our story is truly special…we married brothers! We have now been family for 13 years. But even without our special twist, a true friendship takes on the role of family and in some cases that bond is even stronger. So cherish your friends as I do with Brandy and as Priscilla and Aquila did with Paul because, we’re better together.

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing along can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple braided is not easily broke.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

~ Melanie Cox

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