Rather than faddish methods for friendship, the Bible gives basic, ageless instruction on how to live in community in a way that honors God.
There is no impatience, envy, rudeness or selfishness in love, but rather it is characterized by humility, forgiveness and trust.p>Friendship usually starts off so well -- you have common interests, you have fun together, you just click. Often we don't stop to think about the elements that make up a godly friendship. Yet most of us have experienced the breakdown of a friendship. Thus we need the truth from God's Word to teach us how to love.
Romans 12:9 -- 21 provides basic principles that can be applied to every relationship in our lives:
- Be sincere
- Reject what is evil
- Cling to what is good
- Be faithful
- Be hospitable
- Never return an unkind deed with an unkind deed
- Be happy with those who are happy
- Be sad with those who are sad
- Get along
- Don't be arrogant
- Be a friend to someone regardless of his or her position or status
- Don't take revenge, but trust God to look after you
As we put these principles into action, we will become friends who know how to love.
God, I want to be that kind of person. Teach me how to love like You love.