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What are friends and friendship

Friendship.

According to Aristotle, a Greek philosopher from ancient times, there are three types of friendship,

I. Friendship of utility II. Friendship of pleasure, and finally, III. Perfect friendship

But what is a friend?

A friend is someone other than family that you share close affection with. A friend will share kindness, sympathy, compassion, loyalty, fun, common beliefs and values.
A true friend will celebrate the good times, and provide support during the bad times.

Ecclesiastes tells us

“You are better off having a friend than being all alone…..if you fall, your friend can help you up.” Ch 4 v 9-10

In the Bible there are many mentions of friends, and it is easy to see the attributes that make a good friend;

Loving, respectful, positive, forgiving, reliable, loyal, inspirational, vigilant, supportive, non-judgemental, trustworthy, cooperative, wise, and self- controlled.

We are told in Luke 6 v 31

“treat others as you want to be treated.”

Of course, the most powerful example of a friend, was Jesus.

John 15 v 12 -13 “Now I tell you to love each other, as I have loved you. The greatest way to show love for friends is to die for them.”

Let us all remember the example Jesus gave us, and be the sort of friend to others that we would want for ourselves.

In a world where we can be anything, let us be kind, compassionate, sympathetic and empathetic, loyal, and fun to those around us, as we journey together towards the Kingdom. There, by God’s grace, we will meet our best friend.

 


Dear Lord,
Help us to be good friends to those around us.
Help us to show love and kindness to others, as you have shown us.
Help us to provide support and comfort to our friends as they have need.
Thank you for being our friend and comforter,
and for our many blessings.
Amen 🙏🏻🙏🏻

 

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  7. How do you know if your friend has your back? What if they the devil you need to run from? This scares me alot
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  11. Happy Endings
  12. Prioritizing Relationships
  13. Visits with Friends
  14. My thoughts to present Friends with benefits..
  15. Into every life some rain must fall.
  16. All the World’s A Stage
  17. Despite the Let Down

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Someone needs …


”Someone not far from where you are,
needs your tender touch, your simple smile, your holy hug…today.”

 

 

‘A friend loves at all times…’ Proverbs 17:17

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. . . he who plants kindness gathers love.

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“A good deed is never lost;
he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and…
he who plants kindness gathers love.”

~Saint Basil

Artist~Frederick Morgan
Text & image source: Rest in the Arms of Angels https://web.facebook.com/Rest-in-the-Arms-of-Angels-164081253667227/

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Trouble in my brain

Who does not want to be loved? Who is not longing for attention, recognition, acknowledgement and for being recognised as a human being, to be seen and heard and why not for receiving a hug?

E.T.'s blog

I’m so confused.
There’s a big mess in my head.
I don’t know where to start and where to end.
There’s no problem in my life.
The only problems are made by me.
I’ve got no big threats against my life.
Then why is my brain fried?
Problems are problems, if you give them the space to be problems.
Because the only one recognizing those problems, is you.
It’s your brain telling you there’s a problem, but when is it really one?
My brain is fried with problems.
Or aren’t they such things?
Are they just thoughts, which pass my mind too many at the same time, so that I can’t see which one is which anymore?
I can’t differentiate between them.
I want things but do I have the right to?
I’m aware of my past and my failures.
I try to stop myself from doing weird things.
But…

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One of the tasks of true friendship

Sacred Touches

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**Image found on Pixabay; text added by Natalie

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No Friendship is an accident


No Friendship is an accident.

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Vriendschap gebeurt niet per ongeluk

Friendship.

Friendship. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The one who knows who you are and where you have been


A friend is one who knows who you are:
understands where you have been,
accept what you become
and still gently invites you to grow.


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Een vriend is degene die weet en begrijpt

Accept No Substitute

Accept No Substitute (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Not walking in front of or behind me


“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend”
Albert Camus


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Niet voor of achter mij gaan

Albert Camus, Nobel prize winner, half-length ...

Albert Camus, Nobel prize winner, half-length portrait, seated at desk, facing left, smoking cigarette (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Further reading

  1. Stand Tall
  2. Fall in love with your best friend
  3. I was featured on my friends blog!
  4. Back in the Seattle Again*
  5. This one might go too far…
  6. Deactivating is hard to do
  7. Mature Decisions
  8. My Own Friend
  9. Signed, Your Friend.
  10. A Poem For a Friend
  11. Tuesday June 11, 2017
  12. unconditional love
  13. You Have What It Takes
  14. Affirmation 7/11/17

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Friendship born


“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Ontstaan van Vriendschap

English: Craigellachie Span The magestic Span ...

Craigellachie Span The magestic Span of the old Craigellachie bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A true friend is like the air…

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A true friend is not like the rain
which pours and goes away.
A true friend is like the air,
sometimes silent but always around you.

Photo & text credit: “Precious World” https://www.facebook.com/ourpreciousworld/?fref=photo

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