I’ve often given thanks for the many friends God has placed in my life in this season. Some younger, some older, some wiser, some funnier, some really awesome people who have made life so much more interesting.
Until I read Befriend by Scott Sauls I really hadn’t thought of all the other possibilities for friendships. Those who are bullies, minorities, poor, rich, vulnerable, strangers, refugees, disabled, dysfunctional …
God weeps over things gone wrong in this world (pg. 102). I’m sure He places mishandled, forgotten, ruined relationships among those things that have gone wrong. He loves us more than we’ll ever know as long as we’re on this earth. He does not pick and choose among sinners and the righteous…He simply loves and He expects us to do the same.
Friendship is vulnerable and inviolable. Friendship is risky and worth the risk. Friendship is comforting and uncomfortable at times.
The following quote sums up the emphasis of this book:
Real friends not only agree but disagree; real friends not only applaud each other’s strengths but challenge each other’s weaknesses; real friends not only enjoy life together but struggle through life together; real friends not only praise one another but apologize and forgive one another; real friends not only rally around their points of agreement but love and learn from their points of disagreements… And when everybody matures and grows, everybody wins. (pgs. 4-5)
This is a very powerful, thought-provoking book. I highly recommend it.
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