Today, we move from the ultimate relationship and look at the first image of the ultimate reflected in humans – friendship.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his essay on Friendship, wrote, “Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.”
We are created for friendship. But many struggle with friendships. Sin has created relational brokenness, between us and God (last week), and between each other. Jonathan Holmes writes (The Company We Keep, p. 21), “Deep and meaningful friendships don’t come easily – even within the church, and sometimes especially within the church. And because from time to time we all sense that things ought to be different, we can find the challenges of biblical friendship perplexing, frustrating and discouraging.”
Though the Bible pictures and discusses friendship in so many places, it remains one of the least-taught subjects in the church today.
|May 3, 2015||Relational Gifts: Friendship||Listen||Download|