Being a Friend
Today’s women seem to underestimate the value of a good friend. Social networking sites, internet, email and mobile phones have devalued good old fashioned friendships in many ways. Technology is great to speed up the pace of our already fast-paced life but why not slow down and take some time to get to know someone. To really know someone. Get some real friends that don’t only like your Facebook status but actually know you enough to like who you are.I challenge you to join me on this journey to discover God’s design and purpose for friendship. Friendships are powerful and highly valuable. Friendships are God’s idea and a necessary part of His plan for planet earth. Friendships are good and they are worth the effort. The Cambridge dictionary’s definition of friend is “a person who you know well and who you like a lot, but who is usually not a member of your family” or “someone who is not an enemy and who you can trust”. The Bible however, goes much deeper and one of the original Hebrew word for friend is ray’-ah, ray’-ah which means companion, fellow, friend, husband, lover, neighbour and very interestingly comes from the root word raw-aw which means to tend a flock, that is, pasture it; intransitively to graze. I thought this was a beautiful illustration of the care and nurturing that is required to grow a good friendship. Another word for friend when the Bible speaks of being a ‘friend of God’ is philos in Greek which means to be actively fond. Isn’t that a wonderful concept, to be actively fond of someone? Grab a cuppa coffee and join us as we explore what the Bible has to say about friendships. Laugh with us and cry with us, the end result will be great friendships which is so worth it!