For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.2 Timothy 4:10
Demas was once Paul’s fellow laborer in the Lord. Something happened in his heart. He grew cold and departed from Jesus Christ. Thus, it severed the relationship between him and Paul. Oh how much Paul must have grieved over the loss of his friend! One thing is for certain, freewill makes having friendships tenuous at best. People walk away from Christ all the time. Imagine the grief He suffers at the hands of those who said they loved Him! God gives us a glimpse into His heart and sufferings when we lose a close friend.
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.Psalm 41:9
Sometimes people depart from the Lord and it causes a chain of events where all godly relationships are severed. These are the most painful losses to endure. Other times, formerly close relationships just drift away into nothing. I’ve made the attempt to keep the relationship close, but the effort was not reciprocated. At times like that, we just have to commit them to the grace of God. They are still a brother or sister in Christ and we love them and desire the best for them. We trust that the relationship will one day be strong again, when we are in heaven with the Lord.
I give thanks for my best friend, Francis Asante of Ghana, West Africa. I first met him in Nigeria in 2009. Shortly after that he invited me to teach in a Bible school in Ghana. Our hearts have been joined together by the Lord. He is my closest friend. I can’t imagine ever losing him. He’s a wonderful blessing from the Lord, but he can’t replace the relationship I have with Christ. Friends are blessings from the Lord. Sometimes the friendship goes away, but the Lord changes not. Put your trust and faith in Him.