The Blessing of Philia Love

1 Sep

To those men and women in my life who prove that friendship is a matter of faith, trust, respect, honesty, and patience.  To those men and women scattered near and far who have made me a better person.  I treasure you.  I count you among my blessings more valuable than you can know.

The proof of true friendship has nothing to do with what you did or didn’t do, what you did or didn’t say, what you were able to give me or share with me.  Proof of true friendship is seen in these verses:

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  ~1 Corinthians 13 v 4-7

Having failed so many friends, as I lost my patience, as I became too proud, as I was easily angered, and as some friends have failed me in all those areas as well, the very last two words are a beacon of hope…  [love, friendship] “always perseveres.”

This weekend, our Lord has blessed me with proof of true friendship, proof of lasting philia love.  

How great is our God! 
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