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Monday, December 8, 2014

Conditions Nourishing Friendship

In picking close friends..., what do you look for? How can you be that kind of friend to others? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1706).

I like close friends who respect me and my property. I like friends that are generally positive about themselves, about me, and about circumstances.  I like friends with a "can-do" approach to life. They come with a certain sense of destiny. My friends do not take me for granted or assume they know my wishes in every situation.  My friends don't have to be super-intelligent, but they do need to possess a certain wisdom not only regarding the world, but of intangible spiritual matters – in other words their intelligence manifests multidimensionality. I like friends with a certain tentativeness – they are not all-fired sure that they know the will of God in each and every matter.  I like egalitarian friends  – snobs repel me. I need friends that are dependable and trustworthy. I prefer friends that love Jesus and strive to emulate him. You might be guessing that I have few, really close friends. Come to think of it, I'm not all that popular myself.

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