The bible is replete with who our friends should and what Friendship should mean to us believers. Friendship is initiated whenever two or more individuals acknowledges a sense of (mutual) relevance and developed a sincere respect for (each of) the other. So we have friends even among siblings.
While people may lie in relationship for selfish reason, most other times, people in relationship actually lie with the thought to protect the relationship. Yet, it’s probably safe to assume that every Christian wants a relationship that is built on openness, loyalty and trust. It is also safe to assume that one could clearly believe everything that comes out of another’s mouth once it is a Christian relationship!
The account of our Lord’s dealings with Mary and her sibling is one with enormous spiritual insights. Albeit, we would only take a toll on the aspects of their relationship to further our knowledge on covenant relationship.
Just as our grace level grows proportionately to the level of the knowledge of God we have. So also do the knowledge of one another we have afford us with a measure of grace with one another necessary for an effective purposeful relationship.
Continuing with the series on covenant relationship, the friendship of David and Jonathan highlights enormously the terms that compose the content of what constitutes covenant relationship. There would be no where in the church where the subject of friendship is being discussed that references would not be made to David and Jonathan’s. There doesn’t seem to be a godlier example of friendship in the Bible.
The case of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is another biblical examples of Covenant relationships that is completely Divine. Theirs is a highlight of Proverbs 18:24 ‘a friend who sticks closer than a brother’. The Divine factor in their relationship is most overwhelming in the various ways God used them to show King Nebuchadnezzar and the entire Babylonians that God is great and the only God .
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