A True Friend

But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!”

(Ruth 1:16-17 NLT)

Naomi lost all that was dear to her–her husband and two sons. With nothing left to offer her two Moabite daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth, Naomi urged them to return to their own families. Realizing she had nothing to gain from her relationship to Naomi, Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye and headed back to her people and gods. But Ruth didn’t. As a true friend (thereby living up to her name), Ruth continued to cling to her desolate mother-in-law. She loved Naomi for who she was and not for what she could offer, and her selfless devotion was greatly rewarded. Ruth later remarried and had a son named Obed, who became the grandfather of King David, the great Israelite king, and thus an ancestor of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.

A true friend loves you for who you are not for what you can give.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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