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Just the word can bring on a torrid of emotions both positive and not-so-positive.

Friends that lift you up.  Friends that have carried you.  Friends that encourage, equip, love.

Friendships that ended in conflict.  Hurt.  Anger.

Friendships fall under the umbrella of “relationships” and where there is relationship, there is beauty.

However, the complexity of relationships also lends itself to a guarantee of times in which your friendships might experience some rough-terrain, a time in which you wonder if it’s even possible to sustain that relationship or simply release it to God and move forward if you know your actions have been pleasing to Him and are still met with disdain.  There are indeed times when it is for your own benefit and health to choose the latter.

What does the Bible say about friendship?

8 There was a man all alone;
he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
“and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless—
a miserable business!

9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. – Ecclesiastes 4:8-12

A friend lifts you up and sometimes you will be called to lift him/her up, too.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17

A friend forces us to grow, to think, and to walk closer to Him.

Friends always show their love. What are {sisters} for if not to share troubles? – Proverbs 17:17

A friend shows love.  No matter what.  A friend also trusts and confides in one another.

Some friendships do not last, but some friends are more loyal than {sisters}. – Proverbs 18:24

A friend is loyal.  Period.

An honest answer is the sign of true friendship. – Proverbs 24:26

An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. – Proverbs 27:5-6

A friend shares the truth with love and compassion – even when it hurts.  Even when you don’t like what he/she has to say.

The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray. – Proverbs 16:28

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. – Proverbs 27:9

A friend offers wise counsel based on Biblical truth.

David and Jonathan.  Ruth and Naomi. Elijah and Elisha. Friendship is a gift from Him and like any gift He has granted, we are called to handle it with great care.  Our conduct within our friendships is of the utmost of importance and yet can still leave us feeling as if there is a large space of “gray area” that is the “no-man’s land” of relationships.  What about those times when we are called to speak a hard truth in love?  What about those times when we are called to listen so we may grow?

Now that we know what the Bible tells us friendship should be (and yes, I realize there are many other scriptures I have missed), let’s dig a bit deeper on Thursday and explore what this looks like with “skin on it” – in other words, what these scriptures look like in living color. I hope you will join me!

In the meantime, how about joining those sisters at the Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood?  Jen is our fantabulous hostess at “Finding Heaven” and we love her for it…



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