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WHAT NOT TO SAY TO A SUFFERING BELIEVER PART TWO

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Job 5:1-27
A Publication offered a prize for the best definition of a friend. Amoung the thousands of answers received here are some of them.
A friend is….”One who multiplies joys and divides grief.” A friend is….”One who understands our silence.” A friend is….”a volume of sympathy bound in cloth.” A friend is….”like a watch which beats true for a time and never runs down.”
There were thousand more like these ones, great definitions, of what a true friend is. But the one that won the prize in this Publication’s contest was this one.
“A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.”
This is true with Job’s friends; because they came in when the world left Job to his suffering. Friends can play an important role in your life. It can be either good or bad. Our friends can be a great blessing and they also can be a great hindrance. Our friends can at times be used by God or Satan to builds us up, or tear us down. Solomon wrote “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but the…

WHAT NOT TO SAY TO A SUFFERING BELIEVER PART 1

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Job 4:1-21
“A Flock of crows flew into a farmer’s cornfield. His very sociable parrot flew over and the joined the crows. The farmer loaded his shotgun, took careful aim, and fired at the unwanted birds. When he crawled under the fence to pick up the fallen crows, there was his parrot, barely alive. His children saw him carrying the parrot home and tearfully asked, “Papa, what happened?” Before the farmer could answer, the parrot spoke up “Bad Company” When you hear a story like this I’m always reminded of what the Apostle said “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 1 Cor 15:33 Steve Lawson said in his commentary“While Job withstood the collapse of his business, the death his children and infliction of disease, what came closest to defeating him was the adverse influence of his friends. These three associates were the devil’s deadly instruments. They beat Job down and wore him out. Never underestimate the power of bad company.” This was going to be Job’s downfall for the remainder of this…