Proverbs 20:6 poses a sobering question. “Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?” A lot of people ask questions like that. Who can find faithful friendships? Who can find deep connections that go below the surface? Who can find the genuine, real deal relationships that stick with you through thick and thin?
People are hungry for real relationships in our world, but they are not always easy to find. We are busy. We are spread thin. Not every relationship is a fit. Still, those relationships are out there. They can be found, and more accurately, they can be formed. The relationships we already have can be deepened, nurtured.
Proverbs points us in some helpful directions.
- While “some friends play at friendship,” we want to develop relationships that are sincere, genuine, and true (18:24).
- We want to be steadfast in our care, loving “at all times,” sticking close especially in adversity (17:17).
- We need relationships that are sharpening, that stretch us, challenge us, and make us better both when our lives and thoughts coincide and especially when they collide (27:17).
- We strive to be supportive, spreading the sweet fragrance of encouraging, enriching words (27:9).
God created us to live in communion both with God and others. This is what it means to be the church, to do life together. I pray you will get involved in Life Groups again this fall. More than that, I pray we will grow in the kind of relationships that remind us what friendship can truly be.