The Friendship Principle

“Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?”
Amos 3:3 (ESV)
 
When you search the classic literature of friendship, you find that for Aristotle, Aelred of Rievaulx, Montaigne, Emerson, and much later, C. S. Lewis, true friendship was much more than the companionship often mistaken for it. The friendship we find in their writings will probably not be found in a chat room or at girls' night out or at March Madness watch party. It is as rare as it is intense—Montaigne thought you might find one true friendship every 300 years!

What is it that brings this rare gift together?

The principle of this kind of friendship is found in Amos. Read the opening verse again.

Friends are of like mind. The truth that comes from all of this is a friendship is a relationship that is entered into by individuals, and it is only as good or as close as those individuals choose to make it.

Someone has said that if you can count your true friends on the fingers of one hand, you are blessed. A friend is one whom you can be yourself with and never fear that he or she will judge you. A friend is someone that you can confide in with complete trust. A friend is someone you respect and that respects you, not based upon worthiness but based upon a likeness of mind.

Who are the people that you share a strong “like-mindedness” with?

How do they strengthen you? How do you strengthen them?
 
Take time to pray for these friends right now.