I’ve been reminded twice over the last week, first through my bible study time in 1 Samuel and then from leadership guru John Maxwell‘s message at Church of the Highlands, about the importance and treasure of friendship. I have been blessed in my life to have a great friend in my husband and also a wonderful female friend. I realize most people are lucky to have just one of those, and I am truly blessed.
The focus of my reminders was on that same-sex best friend and what it takes to have and maintain one. Here are some key points from Maxwell’s message.
- 3 LEVELS OF FRIENDSHIP
- Surface Friendships.
- Structured Friendships.
- Solid and secure Friendships.
- Most friendships fail because we don’t have a strong enough commitment to the relationship.
- Raise the commitment level from convenience to covenant.
- Few friends are true friends.
(Proverbs 18:24) “Friends come and friends go but a true friend sticks by you like family.”
(Proverbs 17:17) “Friends love through all kinds of weather.”
- Friends will speak truth to you.
(Proverbs 27:6) “The wounds from a friend are worth it; kisses from an enemy do you in.”
Jonathan and David are the bible’s best example of covenant friendship. A friendship in which a king’s son readily sets aside his inheritance of the throne for his best friend.
True friendship may come to you out of the blue, but it won’t continue that way. It will require intentional energy and commitment, but it will be worth it.
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