Bible Society of South Africa
Xanthe Hancox

Friendship – Day 1

Christian friendship

Bible text(s)

23Let us hold on firmly to the hope we profess, because we can trust God to keep his promise. 24Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. 25Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer.

Hebrews 10:23-25GNBOpen in Bible reader

16Under his control all the different parts of the body fit together, and the whole body is held together by every joint with which it is provided. So when each separate part works as it should, the whole body grows and builds itself up through love.

Ephesians 4:16GNBOpen in Bible reader

I need friends in my life. I do not just mean friends with whom to watch the rugby or go shoe shopping, but friends who love me enough to share what God is doing in their lives. I need friends who encourage me and who are willing to correct me. I need friends who will help me grow to be more like Christ.

I think this is what the writer of Hebrews was referring to in this verse. As a part of the body of Christ, we are called to grow into his likeness, through his Spirit’s enabling, as well as build up and support each other in the body. Paul reminds us in Ephesians 4:16: From him [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. God has not called us to run this race alone, but he has graciously given us the Body to provide encouragement, support, care and even correction at times.

God has given us many examples of Christian friendship in his word, and over the next month, we will be looking more closely at the lives of people like Naomi and Ruth, Jonathan and David, Deborah and Jael, and what they can teach about genuine friendship in a world where you can “unfriend” someone simply by clicking a button.

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