You’ve Got a Friend

Henny Gilmer, Trinity Church mascot

Hello to all the kids of Trinity Church from your friend and church mascot, Henny! I hope you are having a great summer. I am enjoying playing outside, when it’s not too hot. Summer is also great for spending time with friends. I go to doggie daycare one day a week. It gives me a chance to run around with my friends. Louis and Cricket are two of my best friends.

Do you know the Bible talks about friendships? It’s true! Let’s start in the Old Testament, also called the Hebrew Bible.

Two people are better than one.
They can help each other in everything they do.
Suppose either of them falls down.
Then the one can help the other one up.
But suppose a person falls down and doesn’t have anyone to help them up.
Then feel sorry for that person!
-Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIRV)

That’s a good message for us. Friends are there for each other when one falls down or needs help.

What about the New Testament? Let’s see what it says.

Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.     – Colossians 3:13 (NIRV)

Because God loves and forgives us, we need to forgive other people—that means our family, friends, and even people we might not get along with very often. That can be so hard, can’t it? When we forgive, we’re doing the right thing and we’re living the way Jesus taught us to live.

Do to others as you want them to do to you. – Luke 6:31(NIRV)

The book of Luke tells us the words of Jesus. Treat other people the way you want them to treat you. Does that sound familiar? It should if you’ve ever heard the golden rule!

Looking at these Bible verses we know we should support our friends in the good times and bad; we need to forgive our friends (and everyone else!) when they do something that hurts our feelings; and we are always supposed to treat people the way we want them to treat us. God advice!

Let me know if you have a question for me. Send it to me at bit.ly/AskHenny.

Remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!

Henny