The Heart of True Friendship
The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth. Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. – 3 John 1-4
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1) Rooted in love, 2) rooted in truth, and is 3) full of real concern and real care.
1) is goal oriented toward helping one another walk in God’s truth, 2) usually bears fruit, 3) brings incomparable joy.
It’s interesting that we, for the most part, see the value of friendship while discipleship is a ‘holy’ word reserved for a select few. John helpfully unites friendship and discipleship via writing to his dear friend Gaius.
It’s a beautiful thing that the love of Christ and the work of the Spirit can shape uncommon people into common brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers. The shaping work of the Spirit produces lasting treasure (glory to God) through real, Christian, discipling, friendships.
At The Heart of True Friendship
Do I like you for the same ball team?
Or share a passion for hunting,
politicking, for shopping, running,
ranching, for parenting?
Or because we follow the same regime?
Or does the Good News blur those pastimes?
Are those saved sisters, blood-washed brothers,
true family, friends sublime?
To whom Jesus cries, “Follow!”
whom God calls, “My child!”
Are they worthy of your time,
your prayers, your life?
Worthy to pursue for growth?
Worthy for Christ’s name,
the glory of God?