the-art-of-friendship

Seeking True Friendship

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

the-art-of-friendship

Key Bible Verse: Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour. (Romans 12:10, ESV)

Dig Deeper: Romans 12:9-13

If you do not yet have a true spiritual friend, how can you go about seeking one?

First of all, pray that God would give you a friend. In Scripture, we see repeatedly how God orchestrates the coming together of friends: David and Jonathan, Ruth and Naomi, Paul and Barnabas, and, of course, Jesus and his disciples. Our friends are gifts from God, and we can pray that God would fulfill his plan and draw us into the friendships he has ordained for us.

Secondly, ask people to do things with you. Being intentional can make a difference. Sometimes, all that keeps two people from entering into a spiritual friendship is an initial conversation. Friendships take time, sweat, and sacrifice; but they are worth it.

Finally, be a friend to others. The best way to grow a friendship, of course, is to be a friend. Decide to swim against the current of our culture and form true friendships in which you commit to others, lift them up, and let them into your life. As [we] deepen our friendship with Jesus, we in turn can offer true friendship to others.

– Ken Shigematsu in God in My Everything


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