“How Do I…Cultivate Friendships”?
Glenn Packiam | July 25, 2021
How to cultivate friendship:
- Invest diversely.
All the relationships you need are in “Lord of the Rings”:
- Gandalf: The Sage
Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)
'Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.'
- Aragorn: The King
Proverbs 27:5-6 (NIV)
'Better is open rebuke than hidden love. 6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.'
- Dwarves: The Peers
Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)
‘As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.’
- Elrond: The Healer
Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)
'Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.'
Proverbs 27:9 (NIV)
'Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.
- Sam: The Brother/Sister
Proverbs 18:24 (NIV)
‘One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.’
- Plan intentionally.
- Love consistently.
Proverbs 17:17 (NIV)
'A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.'
- Jesus is the friend who never fails!
John 15:13-17 (NIV)
‘ 13 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I 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. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.” ’
- Our love for each other is only possible because of Christ’s love for us.