Gift of Time

friendship, responsibilities of friendship, Romans 12:10, Christian friendships
Have you ever spent the afternoon with a friend and felt guilty afterward for “wasting your time”?

Most of us underestimate our need for Christian friendships, and we are more likely to have acquaintances than genuine friends.

I love a good sermon, Bible study, Christian book or movie. But I've grown more through Christian friendships than any of these things.

Healthy Christian friendships involve regularly spending time together, showing genuine interest in each other, praying for each other and speaking the truth in love. 

Romans 12:10 says, "Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves."   

But we tend to be more devoted to TV, leisure, hobbies, exercise, and the internet than to friendships. We don't realize that "friend mentors" are essential for our Christian growth and never a waste of time. 

Are there friends you've neglected? Why not dedicate some time to developing those friendships this week. You need them and they need you.
 
 
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8 comments:

  1. Gail, I just love your Bible notes for today...love in this verse includes both phileo and storgos...it is philostorgos...which means to be very loving to each other...you are so right, as beievers, we need each other. If you do not mind, I think I will post on this in the near future... Blessings!

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  2. I'm always getting ideas for my posts from other bloggers, authors and speakers. I look forward to reading your post on this subject, Patty.
    Thanks for your encouragement.
    Gail

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  3. Gail, I just wish that we could "waste time" together a bit more. I think a good friend in the faith can be a "Barnabus" in your life, and also a "Paul". Once you find one, you want to spend more time with them - makes you richer.

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  4. Hi Gail, Just wanted to tell you this is very good and we need to remind one another often.
    Without these close frienships we become to self focused. I love reading your inspiring words.
    Thanks Roxy

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  5. This is a beautiful post. I miss friends I've had in the past...long distance friendships through emails and the phone is never as much of a blessing as visiting in person. What a blessing when God allows friends in our life.

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  6. Hi Gail,

    How fabulous is this! Time with friends is never wasted. Like you I love a good sermon, but friends have spoken more deeply into my life than any sermon could. More-so we were created for relationship because He is all about relationship. We cannot DO if we are not CONNECTED.

    Thanks for this very thought provoking post! It's a blessing!

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  7. This sounds good but what if your friends are so busy they never have time for you?

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    1. Good question, Sharon. Sometimes we are the ones trying and others are "too busy." When this happens we all lose. During those times we need to find our "friendship" needs met in the Lord alone.

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