“As one piece of iron sharpens another, so friends keep each other sharp.”Proverbs 27:17 ERVhttp://bible.com/406/pro.27.17.erv
“Be friends with those who are wise, and you will become wise. Choose fools to be your friends, and you will have trouble.” Proverbs 13:20 ERV. http://bible.com/406/pro.13.20.erv
The one thing I love about real friendship is there are no time barriers, no schedules and no explanations.
I have friends that I don’t talk to daily or even weekly. I have friends that I only talk to situationally. I have friends who I know will drop everything and see about me and they know I will do the same. I have friends that pray for me and friends I pray for.
The one common denominator in all these friendships is forgiveness. I need my friends to forgive me when I forget to call. I need my friends to forgive me when I call and I’m distracted. I need my friends to forgive me when I let them down. On the flip side I forgive my friends easily. I don’t hold grudges and I assume good intent.
“Don’t be angry with each other, but forgive each other. If you feel someone has wronged you, forgive them. Forgive others because the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13 ERV http://bible.com/406/col.3.13.erv
We tend to be hard on our friends. We expect them to drop everything when we need them, forgetting that they have problems too, they have families and concerns and everything in between. Our friends can’t solve our problems and we need to stop expecting them to have answers that you don’t have.
Love your friends on purpose, spend valuable time with them. Let them know you love them, let them know you may not be able to solve those problems but you are available to listen. Expect nothing from your friends but love. My friends are the best, they cheer me on, they encourage me, they let me be me. I pray that I provide them the same thing.
“You should owe nothing to anyone, except that you will always owe love to each other. The person who loves others has done all that the law commands.” Romans 13:8 ERV http://bible.com/406/rom.13.8.erv