One of the most important verses on friendship is found in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken."
Well, why do I want to write about friendship today? I think far too often we take friendship for granted. We through the word around by saying someone is a friend without even realizing that there is an obligation behind friendship, there is criteria behind friendship and then being able to dispose of that friendship as quickly as the wind shift directions. The criteria of friendship? Well, a friend loves and the Bible says alot about love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. The summary? Patience, kindness, giving, humble, peaceful, never doing wrong to people, truthful, and enduring/forgiving.
I think people give up on people and dispose of people far too easy in these days. We have lost our patience with each other and would prefer to dispose of people rather than working out our differences. We take humans for granted and I believe this is why God is not blessing the church as he once did... Why? Because I think the church is sometimes worse than the world at maintaining these relationships. How can you tell this? Well, think of the last time you were angry at someone? Were you willing to work it out? Were you willing to talk to them?
Let's examine another verse...
1 Peter 4:8-10
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.
I am thankful for the friends that God has put in my life. They confront me when I am stupid, they cheer me up when I am down, they cheer for me in my successes, and they are an open ear when I need to talk. I pray that God grants me the ability daily to be a good friend to them as they are to me.
Let's take the responsibilities of relationship and friendships more seriously and a cue from God's word in Hebrews 10 "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works..." The are the actions of a responsible follower of God in their relationships in this world that desperately needs light.
My 2 Cents for Today...