This is the second post in a series on faithful friendship. Read part 1.
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves…” –Paul, Philippians 2:3
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love…” –Paul, Romans 13:10a (emphasis mine)
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.” –Proverbs 27:6
So does being a faithful friend mean that you come at conflict happily with hammer in hand? To do some serious wounding? Or that you always put your friend on blast every time something he or she does annoys or, worse, deeply hurts you? Continue reading
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” –Jesus, John 15:12-13
In His Word, God calls us to love one another (John 15:12-17). He also calls us to unity, members of His very Body (Psalm 133:1-3; John 17:22-24; Ephesians 4:1-6). He calls us to be reconcilers (2 Corinthians 5:16-21). And in all these things, He always points us to Jesus as the example (Philippians 2:1-11).
But what about when relationships go wrong? Continue reading
If You Fall (Acoustic Version) by J.J. Heller
A dear friend let me in on a not-so-secret, wonderful musician named J.J. Heller. So thanks to her great musical and lyrical sense, I trotted on over to YouTube via her email and found myself enthralled by this song.
Honestly, listen to it – it’s beautiful. Somehow, she captured what took me many words of writing in a few minutes of song. That’s why I love music…it has such rich opportunity to sweep you away to things of beauty, truth, wonder, and awe.
This past week, I was browsing about online and stumbled upon a series by Andy Stanley on Staying in Love. It. Was. So. Good. There’s really no point for me to summarize – all I can say is listen, listen, listen! No matter your marital status, these messages will encourage you in learning to love others the way that Christ has loved us.
One of the issues Andy brings up is the whole “guarding your heart” thing. I nearly had to stifle a groan. Uh oh. Where is this going? Continue reading