by Rich Wooten

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Get a Grip - Friendship (5 of 6)
Series: Get a Grip
Richard Wooten
1 Samuel 20:42

Get a Grip on Friendship

When Gerber started selling baby food in Africa, they used the same packaging as in the US, with the beautiful baby on the label. Later they learned that in Africa, companies routinely put pictures on the label of what's inside, since most people can't read.

Friendship is a necessity in this life. Plain and simple. Without friendship, the luster of life is dulled and our lives become a little less. With friendship such a necessity, why is it that the art of friendship has been lost or is waning? What does it mean to be a true friend? What does a good friend look like? How do I keep friends?

''I do not wish to treat friendships daintily, but with the roughest courage. When they are real, they are not glass threads or frost-work, but the solidest thing we know.''
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1844 - printed 1906 in ''Friendship'')

Friendship to me is a relationship where I can be transparent and open, without fear. This is pretty broad, but it is in a nutshell, the way I look at my relationships.

Influence in Friendship:

how many friends can you effectively have?
Exodus 33:11 - 11 The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.
john 15:15 - 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business.
Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

Boundaries in friendships:
Without boundaries, you will implode:
either giving too much time and become unhealthy (co-dependent)
taking too much time and become unhealthy (identity problems)
Proverbs 22:24 - 24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man,
do not associate with one easily angered,
For the married among us: boundaries are vital to maintaining a healthy marriage.

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