Doesn’t the word itself just make you smile and give you warm fuzzies?
Perhaps it brings back memories of watching Anne of Green Gables with Anne’s desire for a bosom buddy, reading about David’s deep friendship with Jonathan, or perhaps your own life experience with a treasured friend.
In any case, friendship is important … and needed.
It surprises me to notice how often the New Testament talks about the need for the Body of Christ around us. We are to encourage, exhort, and equip each other. We are to carry one another’s burdens and be known for our love for one another.
Proverbs 27:17 reminds us that “as iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” We need each other.
Ecclesiastes 4:8-9 declares, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.” We need each other.
This past Thursday one of my good friends flew out to Colorado to spend a few days with me. The time is filled with lots of laughter, adventures, and delighting in Jesus together as we talk and encourage one another.
The Body of Christ.
We need each other.
So as Hebrews 10:25 reminds us, let us “not [forsake] the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Know I am cheering you on unto that end.