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Christian Friendship - the Art of Gratitude

Updated on September 26, 2014
Friendship has a lot of benefits that can make us thankful for the great gift of friends!
Friendship has a lot of benefits that can make us thankful for the great gift of friends!

Introduction

One great way to nurture Christian friendship is through gratitude. It’s fascinating how many studies show that gratitude is actually good for us. It makes perfect sense to Christians. To be thankful is to acknowledge God as the source of all goodness. So let’s spend some time thanking God for the gift of Christian friendship.

What I'm Thankful For

I am thankful for the affirmation that my friends give me. It’s great to be loved for who I am.

I’m thankful for people who have my back. Even if I never need to call on their help, it’s just nice to know that they’re willing to Support me.

I’m thankful for honest friends who are willing to hold me accountable. They help me become a better person by calling me out when I’m not who I should be.

I’m thankful for the colorful personalities and variety of ideas that my friends bring into my life.

I’m thankful for those few special people who inspire me to be my best. Just being in their presence makes me feel better about myself and motivated to BE better.

What benefit of friendship are you most thankful for?

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I’m thankful for the opportunity to truly know other people and to be known by them. It’s an honor to be invited into their lives, and it’s humbling that they want to be part of mine.

I’m thankful for the Fun, humor, and complete nonsense that friends free me to indulge in! I need to be reminded not to take life so seriously.

I’m thankful that I have people with whom to share double the happiness that life has to offer and bear half the burdens that life throws at me.

Friendship is one of the few gifts that gets better with age
Friendship is one of the few gifts that gets better with age

Conclusion

Friendship is an amazing gift. It is worthy of our attention, our mindful cultivation, and our tender care. It’s also worthy of being thankful for.

I am especially grateful that I can give back to my friends by being a better friend to them by learning the skills that make relationships work. The skills of friendship are part of the course “From Faith to Friendship” from the Keys to Spiritual Growth program. You can get started with this program really easily by enrolling in a FREE introductory course called “The Keys of Spiritual Growth.” This course will introduce you to five key areas of spiritual growth - including relationship building - that we all need to nurture if we hope to deepen our relationship with Jesus. Come join us at www.fromtheabbey.com and start rebuilding your inner abbey - the place in your heart where you can shut out the distractions of the world and focus on your relationship with God.

Tag a Friend with Gratitude Today!

Share this photo to show your friends how grateful you are for them!
Share this photo to show your friends how grateful you are for them!

© 2014 Jeffrey S. Arrowood

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