Friendship is a relationship between two people (could be more). This relationship is based on different things. Mutual attachment or affection, understanding, rapport, trust and more.
This relationship could be business or professional, between a parent and child, opposite sex, mentor and mentee, casual friends and any other kind of relationship you can think of.
What does the Bible say about friendship?
Let’s look at some verses;
“Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.” -Proverbs 18:24 MSG
“It’s better to have a partner than go for it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps, But if there’s no one to help, tough!
By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12 MSG
“You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17 MSG
“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”” – 1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV
Personally, what I have learned over the years is that friendship works when two people have an understanding of what they want out of the relationship.
If you think back to see why the relationship with with a friend did not work out in the past, it is most likely because you both stopped being on the same page.
How did you feel?
Look at the relationships you have in your life. What are each of these friendships based on?
Right now, do you feel you are investing more than the other person?
Save yourself emotional stress and have a sit down, talk about the things you want from the relationship, be honest with yourselves. You will see it will help.
Being honest and open with each other about what you both want out of your relationship is what makes friendship work.
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