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True Friendship

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9

I was thinking about this verse today.  How God demonstrated His love to us.  He did it in a tangible way.  Not far removed from us – high in the sky or across the universe from us – No.  He came.  Became one of us.  So we would know Him – as a friend knows a friend.  So we could feel that He can relate with us – because He was one of us.  And the most AWESOME thing is this:  He didn’t have to come.  He just did.

How many times do we feel we can relate to someone or have something to say to them – when we have NO IDEA – because we don’t know them?   God did not do this to us.  He came to show us what “true friendship” was all about.  He came so that by following Him we would be saved from ourselves.  He came to us.  He got involved in our lives.  He loved us beyond what we could even see.   He was a true friend.

What is a “true friend”?   A “true friend” is always there for you – they are in your life.  They don’t have to be – they are because they want to be.   “True friends” are in your world and a part of who you are.  You never have to stop and ask, “are you going to be my friend today?”  because you already know the answer and so do they.  I have many of these – we are in each others lives pretty much every day.  I reach out to them and they reach out to me – we have an easy give and take – we know “things” about each other.  We don’t use it against each other EVER.  We trust each other.  We like each other.  We talk ALL THE TIME.  We are in constant communication with each other with no strange silences.

A “friend” is someone you happen upon once in a while – but they don’t really know you – and know what you do day to day – they aren’t that interested in your world because they are not involved in your life.  They are casually friendly – but not involved. They don’t know any details of what makes you – you.

God demonstrated His love for us by sending Jesus – and being a “true friend.  He saw something in us that we could not see in ourselves – He even loved us while we were still sinners – and even when we rejected him – He still loved us.  That’s a true friend.  He died for us – while we were still rejecting Him.  Unbelievable.

This is our model for “true friendship”.  Not the family members that you have obligation to – but those that you do not.  Those that you choose and who choose you.  This is love in a tangible way.  Giving of ourselves – being a friend to someone and being in their world – a part of their life.  Not because you have to – but because you want to.  I would like to think that this is how I love those that are my “true friends” – and those that I would like to have as such.  A real demonstration of selfless and involved love.  Caring about their world and those around them – sharing me with them.  And encouraging them to share themselves with me.

This is how God loved us.  He didn’t have to – He just did – because He loved us and wanted us to know it – in a real demonstration of authenticity and poured out love. He too wants to be in constant communication with us.  That’s what friends do – they talk ALL THE TIME.  God wants that level of “true friendship” with us.  He wants to know us – and in return – He wants us to know Him too.

I am praying for you today that you would take God’s example of “selfless” love and pour your love on another person today who needs to be shown what “true friendship” is all about.  Don’t wait for them – they may be waiting for you!  Get involved – gain some “true friendships” today!

God Bless

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Comments on: "True Friendship" (6)

  1. You are correct Cindy in noting that we have many “casual friends” but few “true friends.” It’s especially hard to keep and develop those relationships when a family moves around. And we’ve done our share of moving! Still, I appreciate those who, even over long distances, have maintained their close ties to our hearts and souls. My world wouldn’t be the same without them and if it took moving to have a chance to know them and add them to my life, then so be it. It was worth the risk!

    • I completely agree Ron. I have learned a lot over this last year – I went through a difficult time – but I also gained. I gained relationships with people that have been invaluable to me – and I’m not sorry I had to go through what I did – so that I would recognize “true friendship” in my life – and just what it means. I don’t take people for granted that have encouraged me and spoken things into my life while I struggled for release from guilt and pain. I lost a good friend – and I don’t intend to lose anyone again if I can help it. There are just some people who can never be recovered after a “hurt” and I am determined NOT to be one of them. And though I’m done “grieving” over my “loss” I will always be sorry that they cannot be in my life anymore. But what I’ve gained in the process – are people like you. Thanks for being such a rare gift of wisdom and encouragement, Ron. ♥

  2. mayablogs said:

    Loved it!! Absolutely loved it!! One of your BEST blog posts, Cindy.❤

  3. Thank you for that. You are a very good writer with profound thoughts. Thank you for the prayer. God Bless.

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