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Faith Alive! | Issue 112

In Faith Alive! this issue:

  • Editorial
  • Friendship: Abraham
  • Friendship: Moses
  • Friendship: David & Jonathan
  • Friendship: Jesus & Us
  • Jesus & Judas
  • Friends: we all need them
  • Cliques & friendship
  • The influence of a godly friend
  • Loneliness
  • What a friend we have in Jesus
  • Nalondo CBM Special School
  • Psalm 112
  • Jesus at prayer
  • Practicalities of prayer
  • RTGAA? What do Christadelphians believe?
  • Commandments of Christ
  • The Bible Missionary Magazine
  • Youth Camp in Malawi after the floods
  • The Truth from God
  • Friendship crossword

A sample article from this edition:

Editorial

True friendship

“The average Facebook user now has about 338 friends, though the median number is quite a bit lower: 200. This means that while half of all Facebook users have 200 or fewer friends, many of the billion-plus Facebookers have quite a few more. In fact, 15 per cent of users have friend lists topping 500.”

How many true friends do you have? The online world can give us a sense of friendship which is satisfying in some senses – being able to content ourselves we ‘have lots of friends’ – but is so lacking in what makes us human.

Friendship is not a number, it is not a science, it is certainly not a computer algorithm we can use to calculate and measure. Friendship is an art we must develop and cultivate. Friendship is about engaging and interacting with others on a one to one basis, giving of ourselves and getting personal interaction in return. An online ‘friend’ count means nothing in the real world of human interaction and personal development.

Jesus’ rule of friendship

Proverbs about friendship are bountiful in number. ‘Wise’ and ‘pithy’ sayings about friends multiply which we can nod sagely at in agreement. Some raise a wry smile such as: “A friend in need is a friend indeed” or “Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for an answer”.

However, the rule of true spiritual friendship is laid down by Jesus:

“You are my friends if you do what I command you.” (John 15:14)

True friendship requires willingness, desire and commitment.

  • Willingness to give to others something of yourself.
  • Desire to share yourself with others and for them to share with you.
  • Commitment to be there for someone else.

Willingness, desire and commitment: do we have these attributes in our friendship of the Lord Jesus and consequently with others?

  • Are we willing givers to others in the way that Jesus was?
  • Do we have a deep-seated desire to do what the Bible, God and the Lord Jesus demand, ask, require and want from us?
  • How is our commitment level? Is biblically-based spirituality an added extra to life or is it the core of who we are?
  • Are we true friends of Jesus? Or would we be better described as mere acquaintances?
  • How do our friendships stack up against the ideal?

FA! this issue looks at some Bible friendships and discusses how our own friendships work.

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

Edward Carr

 

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