I was also miserable because during my time of illness, I became spiritually parched. Not completely dried out, because I have soaked up so much of the Word this last year, but enough that the fruit was kind of wilting. I got back into a daily routine of quiet time with the Lord and am now completely saturated. In fact, my cup runneth over. My friends encouraged me and never belittled me. They understood and admonished me to do what I needed to do - spend that time with God - in a loving way.
In other words, they taught and admonished me with wisdom.
Friends like that are good to have!
What is the biblical definition of a friend? From what I gather...
"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 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. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other." ~ John 15:9-17 (NIV)
F - Friendship is all about love.
R - Relationships take time to develop.
I - Intimate friendships are a gift from God.
E - Everyone needs a friend.
N - Never pass up the opportunity to make a new friend.
D - Define the level of friendships in your life in a healthy manner; some will be closer than others.
S - Sacrifice is necessary in friendships.
H - Husbands should be our main "best friends". (Next to Jesus, of course!)
I - Influence your friends by living a life that is pleasing to God.
P - Pray daily for your friends.
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