We all want friendships that last a lifetime.
Friendships determine the quality and direction of our lives. We are called to make an investment in our friendships because we want (and need) them to last. Why? Because we want someone to be there for us, someone to call when a problem comes up and someone to talk to when no one else will understand. We want our friend. But friendships don’t come easy - they shouldn’t. Similar to a relationship, friendships require time, trust, commitment, loyalty and so much more. In order to have your friendships that last, you need to know how to invest in them…
Ways To Invest In Your Friendships:
1. PRAY for your friends.
Pray they succeed, grow, resist temptation etc.
2. PUT their needs above your own.
You’re not the only one in this friendship, there IS another person.
Protect them by looking-out for them.
This next week, I want to encourage you to invest in your friendships by using the Three-Ps from above. I know it can a bit rough (especially if your friend is being a bit “weird”) sometimes, if that’s the case, then begin with prayer. Prayer is key to everything.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up.” - Ecclesiastes 4:9
“A brother (aka friend) loves at all times.” - Proverbs 17:17
“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together.” - Colossians 3:12-14
You’ll also need to know the sort of friends you need; which is why I kept this post short. Keep a look-out for the next installment of the Friendship Series: Qualities In A Friend.
*Post courtesy of Ashlee Chu