4.19.2011

About friendship

Friendship is a test and preparation for marriage. Nurturing friendship we learn in this way, the meaning of words: the company, trust, devotion, fidelity. A man or a woman who doesn’t know the essence of friendship will probably not be a good husband and wife. Hence it is important to learn to be a good friend. Willingness to sacrifice (time, money, power, energy and emotion) doesn’t always come naturally. Especially when you yourself go through the care and life tests.

Friendship is usually built around common interests. Friends often combine the values, aspirations, passions and purpose - though sometimes they can be spiritually unhealthy, and friendship (completely honest) can be built on the foundations of the ungodly (for example, "Leon: The Professional"). An example of such a friendship can be found in the Bible: " Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate.That day Herod and Pilate became friends - before this they had been enemies.” (Luke 23,11-12).

Friendship is a very important part of human life. Thus man's relationship with God also has a dimension of friendship. “You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15,14-15). In the Bible Abraham is called the friend of God (James 2:23), the same sa the sincere (Proverbs 3:32) and all those who carry out the will of Christ.

In the context of the desires that man has he may be in friendship with God or with the "world ". James says it’s impossible to reconcile the two. " Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"" (James 4:4). Friendship with the world is not running away from him. The attitude of asceticism and closing in the walls of the church has nothing to do with true spirituality and maturity in faith. Friendship with the world is worhiping its takeover of non-biblical values and principles, habits and ways of thinking. This is flowing of current (like dead fish).

Friendship is so essential in our lives. I always engage in a friendly relationship, either it is a relationship with God, he refers to by faith (Rom 1.17; Rom 3,23-24, Eph 2:8), or with the world, which comes through lust.

Some want to be "cool" (and "trendy") and want to be friends of all (religions, philosophies, values). Provide a friendship (or love) almost all the people they meet. But the essence of friendship is that it has a few of them. I think that they can have at most a few. Not without reason that Jesus chose the twelve apostles, which could be devoted to building a close relationship with them. But of these twelve only three spent most of the time (Peter, John, James).

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