Abundant life, Encouragement, Leadership

Friends

I really appreciate my friends.  Although I don’t always tell them, I would hope they know how special they are to me and how important they are in my life.  I have friends who I may not see but only a couple of times a year, but when we do get to see each other, we make that time count in catching up.  I also know there is a bond in friendship.  It’s a bond that says, I may get upset or disappointed in you but I will always be there for you if you need me or call on me at anytime.  Friends will make an impact on you and your life.  They will give you strength when times are down with encouragement, they are eager to listen and quick to give advice.  Friends love you for who you are.  They don’t try to control or change you, they share, they love and they give.  I hope I have been a friend to many. 🙂 

I am thankful for my friends.  When we look at the Bible in reference for friendship, a friend is true and unchangeable.  They love at all times.  To have many friends we must show ourself friendly. Our friends are to be cherished.  We don’t forsake  but sharpen each other, encourage one another and work together in harmony.  Christ portrayed the act of friendship when he laid down his life for His friends and we are called His friends.  Friendship is to be a true friendship in a way you love your own soul, there is constancy and faithfulness.

What is the difference between a friend and an enemy?  Here are some quotes and some thoughts of people.

Friends want to see you succeed, and enemies want to see you fail. Friends like to see you happy, while enemies enjoy seeing you unhappy. ACQUAINTANCES, on the other hand, don’t really care either way. Friends support and assist  in working toward personal goals.
Enemies deride, criticize and minimize  goals while attempting to divert  from working toward them.

A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway. — Fr. Jerome Cummings

“Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. ”  ~ Elbert Hubbard
True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable. “~ Dave Tyson Gentry
“A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success.”~ Doug Larson

Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends. — Cindy Lew

“Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.”
— Elbert Hubbard

“Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure.”
— Jewish saying


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