“How to be A Friend!” Or “What is a Biblical Friendship?”

By friendship you mean the greatest love, the greatest usefulness, the most open communication, the noblest sufferings, the severest truth, the heartiest counsel, and the greatest union of minds of which brave men and women are capable. Jeremy Taylor.

A British publication once offered a prize for the best definition of a friend. Among the thousands of answers received were the following: “One who multiplies joys, divides grief, and whose honesty is inviolable.” “One who understands our silence.”  “A volume of sympathy bound in cloth.”  “A watch that beats true for all time and never runs down.”

 The winning definition read: “A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.” Bits & Pieces, July, 1991.

Friends are like good health; you don’t realize what a gift they are until you lose them. Unknown.

Prosperity begets friends, adversity proves them. Unknown.

A friend is a person who does his knocking before he enters instead of after he leaves. Unknown.

A small boy defined a friend as “Someone who knows all about you and likes you just the same.” Unknown.

So, what is a biblical friendship?

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

  • This kind commands

Such as the love between a husband and a wife because they should be the best of friends (Philos).

The cry of many today is, “I want somebody who cares about me.” It is unselfish and gives more than it receives.

“I can choose you to be my friend – you can’t do anything about it. I may just be an acquaintance to you, but you are my friend. No matter how you may treat me or how you respond to my friendship, I am your friend.”

So, it means commitment even if nothing is returned to you. It will always take the initiative to build the friendship.

When we are together, we do not keep score… I bought last time and now it is your turn,” etc. There is no reciprocation needed in a real friendship, because a friend “loveth at all times.”

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

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