Today, one of my greatest goals is to show myself friendly to others. I want to build a community of healthy friendships. Proverbs 18:24 say, “A man who has friends [a]must himself be friendly,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” I know this statement can be easier said than done.
Healthy friendships are hard to come by. Let’s first define what is a true friendship. I believe a true friend is someone who will allow you to be transparent without judgement, know how to activetly listen and who are willing to adress my good, bad and ugly in love. Also, I believe forgiveness and sacrafice plays an important role in friendships. But in all that I have listed, I think these characteristics should be equally shared among everyone involved. No one is perfect, but even in the mist of imperfections, we should all show love towards one another. I don’t think love should only be labeled as good, but love also should be displayed when you are telling me that I am wrong. A good stiff conversation wraped in loved can save a person from traveling down a road of distruction that can end in heart ache and pain.
Some people have been hurt by friends and are afraid to trust again. Yes, Isolation and lonliness is a common concern I hear from singles and divorcees. But this does not have to be your story. In my next blog, I will share several resources that are helpful with connecting and meeting others with common interest or hobbies. I am going to challenge you to come out of your comfort zone and try something new to create fun friendships. Stay tuned for our next segment!