On Christian Friendship {NAS}

Oh hey... it's been two weeks since I've poked my head around these parts. These two weeks have been a whirlwind, to say the least. It's been a joy (a busy joy) to hang out with Mart and the new babe, and of course Zuzu all of the time.

I have so much on my mind and heart that I want to share.

I miss this space.

I miss you.

I want to write. But, it's just not coming naturally right now.

So... there is silence. I just have to be ok with that.

Thank you for your patience. Thank you for hanging in there. Keep praying for me!! And I for you, of course.

Annnnnnd to the NAS topic at hand- friendship. Namely ones rooted in Christ.

What does it mean to be a friend based in Christ? Do Christian friends hold each other higher? Do we hold each other accountable? How do these friendships differ from non-Christian based friendships? Do they differ? Is one better than the other?

{Finally updated Saturday, April 18}

I have been so blessed with some amazing friends. Friends that I couldn't imagine my life without.

My friendships that have Christ in the center are my most genuine and awesome, but also most difficult. Not difficult because we don't see each other as much as we want or even talk, though that is very hard. But, difficult because we are entrusting each other to bring us closer to Jesus.

And that can be one of the hardest things... ever.

Yes, of course... it's super easy when we agree on everything. Spend so much time with one another, that we know each other's lives like our own. Worship in the same way. Have the same taste in music or movies. Or enjoy the same food when going out!

God calls us to love... to bring others Christ's light... to give of ourselves for the sake of the other person. He calls us to do this with every person in our lives- family, friends, spouses, children, coworkers, etc.

To love another person, another imperfect human, is a difficult thing to do. Yet, we are asked to do it anyway. And it seems to be harder when you realize you don't agree with someone. You have an argument. You raise your voice.  You judge. You say hurtful things.

You are faced with the choice: to love your friend through this moment, or to give up?

Sometimes love is painful. Especially when we are talking about the things that, perhaps, no one wants to talk about. You are being honest and bringing Truth, but it's not perceived that way. You hold someone accountable. You are calling someone out.

When you have made the choice to have your friendship centered on Christ, you have made the choice to be able to talk about the hard things, right? No one wants to just be complacent in their friendships or walk with Christ. We need these relationships to help us grow, to learn and to be more holy.

And to get to know Jesus better. I have grown in understanding of Jesus's love for me throughout my friendships. I am not the easiest person to love, I know... but, my friends do, somehow. They pray for me. They encourage me. They want what is best for me, not what they think is best for me. They encourage me to pray and listen to God before all else.

And I try to do this with them. Even if it's annoying. Or not taken that way.

They have entrusted me, as I have entrusted them, to bring them closer to Christ.

What are your thoughts?! I would love to know if you feel this same way? What have your experiences been like?!

We don't have a topic for next week, so it's a FREEBIE!! Woot!

Morgan and I will gather some more ideas and get back to you. But, in the mean time, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT!

Annnnnd link-up below!

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  1. An idea for a topic - Gratefulness. How do yo encourage gratitude in your life when things aren't going your way. How do you reduce the complaining and self-pity? Does it make a difference in your attitude and overall perspective?

  2. I missed this week's topic! (It was months ago from the date I'm writing this comment, but still.)

    You wrote, "No one wants to just be complacent in their friendships or walk with Christ. We need these relationships to help us grow, to learn and to be more holy." Amen to that! I've had some moments where good friends literally elbowed me to remind me not to be self-centered. And I've had some beef with other (I thought) good friends who totally misinterpreted my actions. But we're all trying to get from here to heaven. That's hard. We've got to stick together.


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