Saturday, October 3, 2009

Sticking by a Friend

Real love loves the beloved enough to be “tough.” Real love “is so passionately devoted to the beloved so that it hates every evil which is incompatible with his or her highest welfare.” (Stott)

True friendship seeks after truth into one another's life. It does not settle for kindness, gentleness, and humility when justice is required. What does justice look like in friendships? Justice in relationship is an upholding of truth in the midst of temptation.

It is easy to be tempted to allow my friends to do things that harm them because confronting them can be so difficult. I don't want to make a big deal out of their shortcomings because they might call out my shortcomings. Let's be real, if our friends are true friends, they have plenty of dirt on us.

This is the beauty of true friendship though, we know one another's dirt and we keep loving each other towards dealing with it in the light of God's love and truth. Keep growing others and you will grow yourself.

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