Among Friends


Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed, 41 and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” And in that place many believed in Jesus. John 10:40-42

We see in other places throughout the Gospels that Jesus “retreated” some place. In this passage, He isn’t exactly “retreating”, per se, but going to a place He is wanted and teaching the people who want to learn. I suspect that battling against the Pharisees takes a lot of emotional energy out of you. And it’s always nice to be “among friends.”

We all know what it’s like to be among enemies and among friends. We know the pressure, frustration, and the anxiety we experience, especially when our enemies are nearby. Fortunately, though, we don’t have to “camp out” near our enemies in most cases. We can get away, regroup, and prepare ourselves to do bigger battles. You need that time to recharge. We all do. Some times that recharging is as simple as getting away from it all for even a few minutes during the day.

I know that there are some reading this where that concept is foreign to you because you get recharged by being around people, even your enemies! In any event you getting around “like-minded” people is important because whether we’re introverts, extroverts, or somewhere in between, we need to be among friends. Those friends may be thousands of miles away or right down the street. Reach out to those people today. Just because.


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