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REAL Friendship

What makes a relationship real?  If there was a test kit to find out if a relationship is real, would yours pass the test?

Let us do this litmus test.  If every good relationship is built from friendship, then when tested, the proof of a good relationship is the continued presence of friendship.  So, it is safe to say that friendship is very important.  The Bible alludes to this in Ecclesiastes 4:9 (CEV)“You are better having a friend than to be all alone, because then you will get more enjoyment out of what you earn.”

But what is friendship? And who is a friend?

Friendship is a bond between two or more people that likely have similar values and share same beliefs.  A friend is someone you enjoy being around, someone you share genuine affection with. It can be someone you’ve been close to for years, or someone new in your life.

It’s great to have friends, but there’s more to explore.  The quality of your friends and friendships is just as important, as having friends.

Friendship requires realness, truthfulness, vulnerability, commitment, positive influence and more.  You cannot call yourself a true friend or call someone your true friend, if these are lacking or missing in your bond.  Real friendship requires intentional action and would often be reciprocated, so if you have not built such connection with someone, it may be impractical to expect the benefits of a good relationship from that bond.  Remember, “You cannot fool God, so don’t make a fool of yourself! You will harvest what you plant.” (Galatians 6:7 CEV).

So, check your relationship; your friendship and confirm it is indeed REAL!

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