by Curt Dodd

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The Keys to Friendship
Curt Dodd

One of the greatest gifts from God to humankind is
that of friendship. An Arabian definition of
"friendship" says, "A friend is one to whom we may
pour out the contents of our hearts, chaff and grain
together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will sift
it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of
kindness blow the rest away." The hand of God is on
the man, the woman or the student who is a friend and
who really knows how to really be a loving friend.
Truly blest is the man, the woman or student who has
such a companion for life. The Bible speaks a great
deal of friendships.

In fact great friendships often grow out of:

1. Personal Chemistry
In I Samuel 18:1, the story of Jonathan and David is
told. The Bible says: "After David had finished
talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with
David, and he loved him as himself." There was
something about Saul's son, Jonathan, and David that
just clicked. Sometimes God will bring a person in
your life to be your friend forever and forever who
things just clicked and you became soulmates for the
rest of your life. Your families are tied together,
your futures are tied together, your whole lives have
been tied together.

Sometimes great friendships grow out of:

2. Family Commitments
Number two, family commitments. There in Ruth 1:16,
the story is told of Ruth and Naomi: "But Ruth
replied, 'Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back
from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I
will stay. Your people will be my people and your God
my God.'" Ruth's husband had passed away and she chose
to stay with Naomi. It's a beautiful story about a
commitment between a daughter-in-law and a mother-in-
law who would be tight forever. I want you to know
that family relationships are important and the
greatest friends that we need to have need to be
within our own hom ...

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