F-R-I-E-N-D-S: No… not the famous and popular TV show…but, one of the reality of Life. One can ‘never’ have too many ‘friends.’ We all could have a few more friends… I KNOW that I could use a few more.
Have you ever noticed how “friendly people,” seem to have “plenty of friends?” This is not rocket science. This is actually God’s plan for God’s people. He wants us to be happy, well adjusted… and to have plenty of friends. He does not intend for us to be isolated, and alone. We are told, clearly, in…Genesis 2:18 – Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Also, in … 1 Corinthians 11:9 – Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.
So, there you have it….right out of Our Maker’s mouth. The problem is this: We humans don’t seem to make friends very easily. If we expect to have friends, then, of course… we MUST get out in front of the curve…and become a friend. We have to be the aggressor. If you want plenty of friends… you can’t do it… and be a wall flower at the same time. Stay away from the wall. J
If you, like me… are bit of a LONER, then you’re sucking air, almost… before you even get started. It might take a personality variance; but we must do what we must do. Remember the Apostles got in over their heads from the very beginning, so what’s new?
Another step in the right direction is to get involved in your company’s various social functions, meeting new friends, mixing with your peers…and becoming a friend. Also… don’t overlook the friendship potential that is available through getting involved in your children’s school life. They’re many opportunities to meet new people through your children’s friends. And last, but not least…is Church.
Getting involved in the various Church programs will round out the entire social requirements necessary to develop long-lasting friendships. It would be important, too, to make friends who are of the same faith, which will help strengthen the faith of both, your children, and that of others. It would pay strong dividends to develop friendships with people who share your same moral and ethical standards.
We are given good advice when reading….Colossians 3:12-14 – Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.