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The value of Christian friendship
The spiritual connection
Everyone likes a good value; getting their money’s worth. As Americans, we are especially intrigued by the idea of value or worth. We have a tendency to “shop around”.
Department stores love telling people that they are having a sale so the consumer can get better value; more for their money.
But value goes far beyond “getting your money’s worth”. It pertains to the benefit one receives from something or someone. The values of a good education, the value of a good skill and the value of a good doctor are all great examples.
Most of us would add to this how invaluable family and good friends are. In other words you can’t put any stated value on just how much family and good friends are worth. They mean everything.
When you add in the Christian aspect the benefit value increases immeasurably.
Like any great value, you look for the “added benefit”, is it worth more than you had to pay, does it come with an added warranty, a longer service plan, maybe two for one or an advantage that a similar product does not have.
The “value” of Christian friendship is the added benefits; especially that of spiritual nature. Not only do Christian friends have similar interest, a love for God and Jesus, similar moral and ethical values and strong belief in salvation through Christ but there is also the “spiritual sensitivity” and belief in prayer benefit.
Christian friends tend to have the proverbial “sixth sense”. They can be thousands of miles away and suddenly sense your feelings or needs. I have had Christian friends just pick up the phone and say, “OK, what’s wrong?” and unbelievably they knew my situation. We prayed over the phone about it and by the next day I was better and my problem usually gone.
There have been many of my internet friends whom I have never met personally sensed something about my need or another Christian friends need, emailed or messaged me and prayer went out and a problem sometimes never known was solved.
For those of you reading this article who are not Christians, this will seem “hokey” and like so much “gobblely gook” or “psycho babble”. I assure you it is not. Unfortunately without a belief in Christ and having invited Jesus into your heart, you just don’t have the supernatural ability to understand.
You see one of the benefits and “added values” of Christian friendship is the “spiritual connection”.
The relationship of Christian friends is far more than physical. The apostle Paul explains it this way, “the Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” In other words, all believers are connected by God through His Holy Spirit and as a result each other. It is truly the real and genuine “Circle of Friendship”.
This circle of Christian spiritual friendship crosses all boundaries, nationalities, races, ethnicities, distance and even the internet.
Some of my most valuable, wonderful and genuine friends are Christian friends I have met and made on the internet. Again, it is something you just can’t explain unless you truly know Christ but when you do you can sense the love and genuine concern they have for you and suddenly without any explanation you have for them as well.
Thank God for all of my friends and especially those who share the mutual love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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