A lady from our church passed away recently. I found myself referring to her as my friend when speaking of her passing and my grief. Then as I thought further about it was she really my friend, or should I say was I her friend. A clear answer came. NO!
Did I call her just to chat every once in a while? Did I write to her? Did I send her messages on social media? Did I have long personal conversations with her? No, no, and no! I did none of these things. In fact when observing her memorial I found that I knew very little about this fine lady. So, no I had not been a friend to her.
So how do you define friend? Miriam Webster dictionary app., friend noun, 1 a: one attached to another by affection or esteem. In scripture it is written, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 Take note that Jesus fulfilled this.
Friendship has a high demand. It demands time, effort, and emotion. Something I should work on. So based on this information how many friends do I have? Tell you the truth I’m challenged by this question.
Have you considered how many friends do you have; or how many people you are a friend to?