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Friendship - by Michael Phillips
Proverbs - Part 11 of 26
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Proverbs 17:17
Apr 13, 1988 am - THE MEANING OF FRIENDSHIP. "Friendship" is one of the most over-used words in the English language. It is applied to nearly every relationship, from the most intimate to the most casual. Indeed, President Roosevelt always began his nation-wide radio broadcasts with "Friends..." But we seek to use the word in a more restricted and Scriptural sense. "Friend" is the participle of the Hebrew verb AHAV, which literally means--in a wholesome sense--"Lover". Hence, our text could very well read, "A lover loves at all times". Thus, when we speak of "friendship", we do not mean every non-violent, or even tolerable relationship you sustain... But those special, loving, intimate ones so perfectly described in 18:24, "But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother". THE OBJECTS (EXTENT) OF FRIENDSHIP. The Christian is not to be the friend to just anyone or everyone. Although such a statement may sound surprising to our ears, it is most agreeable to common sense. For "friendships" do not occur accidently. They are ordinarily founded upon two pillars: Common interests. For example, you rarely find a married woman and a single woman as intimate friends. Why? Because they live in ... More >>>

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