So here is the list we compiled. Note that we were only looking with the intention of thinking about friendships among women. We were not looking at marriage relationships or relationships between church leaders and members. Though most, if not all, of the lists applies to those relationships, there is more to them! Another day….another discussion….
God intends for us to conduct friendships among believers in such a way that….
-love for Him is set on display
-that love for each other is set on display
-that faith is encouraged/built up/supported/comforted
-that unity exists so that we are able to worship and to be taught by the Spirit (The way we relate can hinder the work of the Spirit in our lives.)
We summed those up by stating that God purposes that our friendships are to demonstrate to Him and to others that we love Him supremely and that we love our neighbor as ourselves. It’s all about HIM and all for HIM!
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Jesus
So how I handle myself with my sisters reflects how important or unimportant it is for me to keep Christ the center of my life and to show His beauty to others.
All of this has to do with how Christians interact, but what about how I interact with unbelievers. Should I have unbelieving friends? And, if I do, how is the relationship different from my friendships with believers? We considered two passages.
1 Cor. 9:19-23
2 Cor. 6:14-15
Tomorrow I post the answwers we found to those questions.