- How do I exhibit Friendship in my daily life?
- What can I do to develop a better attitude of Friendship?
- What blocks friendship and relation building from happing in your life?
- How can I make Friendship function better, stronger and faster even in times of uncertainly and stress?
Friendship is the companionship and closeness we are to have with one another. It is the commitment to build relationships by getting to know others and help them form the other characters, and in turn help you. Relationships are essential to life and being a Christian, it is our number 2 priority besides our growth in Christ! This is not to be feared but embraced, even when it hurts! (Proverbs 18:24; 27:17; Matt. 5-7; Luke 15:1-2; Rom. 12:13; Heb. 13:2; I Pet. 4:9)
Animosity and Bitterness are the opposites. These rotten fruits will cause apprehension and discontent in society and the church. Instead of friendship and cooperation we will have strife, gossip, backstabbing and such causing all kinds of social breakdown and destruction!
· Here are positive examples from Scripture (Gen. 18:1-8; Luke 10:29-37; 10:38; 14:7-14)
· Here is are negative examples from Scripture (I Sam. 25:9-13; II Sam. 10:1-5; Luke 9:51-56; John 1:11; James 2:1-6)
- How would you define Friendship?
- What are the things that cause you to be bitter with others?
- How does being bitter counteract Friendship?
- What happens to our relationships with God and others when we are bitter with others?
- When have you been filled with Friendship the most?
- In what situation did you fail to be Friendly in which you should have?
- What issue is in your life that would improve with being friendlier?
- Think through the steps you need to take to put Friendship into action in a specific instance. Such as how can prevent bitterness from taking root in you? How do my moods affect my friendliness factor? How can I build more and stronger interpersonal relationships?
© 2002 R. J. Krejcir Into Thy Word Ministries www.intothyword.com