The Beauty of Friendships


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A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:17

It’s a blessing from God when we have good friends. Friendships can make a big difference in times of joy and sorrow. Friendships are also fragile and if we aren’t careful, we can neglect them and find ourselves alone. How can we become better F-R-I-E-N-D-S?
F – Forgive when they let us down. (Colossians 3:13)
Our friends aren’t perfect and we need to give them grace when they fail us. We, too, will eventually let them down as well.

R – Remember them in times of trouble. (Job 19:21)
It’s in our hard times when we really know our real friends who will pray and patiently console us. Friends are there to hug, support, and to talk through the dark days.

I – Initiate acts of kindness (Proverbs 18:24)
We don’t have to wait for special days to show kindness and love to friends that God has placed on our hearts. It brings us joy to give to our friends more than it is to receive from them.

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E – Embrace seasons of friendships (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Some friendships are strongest during certain seasons of life. Yet, the true bond is solidified even when there are long breaks in communication.

N – Never give room to jealousy nor envy. (1 Peter 2:1)
True friends rejoice with each other’s accomplishments and joys. There’s no place for jealousy nor envy in their hearts.

D – Decide carefully on inner circle of friends. (Matthew 10:16)
Careful consideration must be given to close friends with whom we share our deepest thoughts and dreams. We want our transparency to be honored with confidentiality.

S – Speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15)
A true friend will speak the hard truths to help us grow in our faith and relationships. They don’t seek to hurt us, rather it’s about wanting us to be the best we can be in our season.


Dear Lord, help me to show appreciation and love more to the friends that You have given me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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