Friends Give Life

“No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”
1st John 4:12(NLT)
Although our generation has access to more people than any other generation in history, somehow we can still end up feeling alone. A 2006 study published in the American Sociological Review found that 25 percent of participants said they had no one to confide in about important matters. Increasingly, we have people we can hang out with but no one we can truly rely on.

This is the sad testimony of the Technological Age. We are connected, yet fragmented. The world is closer together, but people are further away.

Yet, as the great country singing prophet Johnny Cash once put it, “Flesh and blood needs flesh and blood, and you’re the one I need.”

Jamie Tworkowski—the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms—once wrote, “You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living, breathing screaming invitation to believe better things.”

True friendship gives life. True friendship bestows grace. True friendship dances in God’s love together. Read the opening Bible verse again.

Did you catch it? When we love one another, God’s love is brought into full expression!

Relational health is best displayed when God’s love is expressed between people.

So here’s a couple of questions to think through:

How do you show God’s love and grace to those around you?

How do your friends show God’s love and grace to you?