Thoughts: A relationship topic least spoken about in society or Church is the realm of friendship. Who you are as a friend is a really important aspect of you as a person, just as much as who you are as a spouse, child, parent or leader.
Yet, for all of us, the realm of friendships is navigated mostly from K-12. Worse, as adults, we often base our friendships on social media or social cliques.
Jesus showed the example for us: friendship is not about who you relate with most, but about who you bring together.
Jesus was not a sinner, yet He was a “friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Mat. 11:9). He could not relate to his friends, yet He was willing to forego differences to develop fellowship.
Wherever Jesus went He brought together the scholars and the unlearned, the pious and the sinners. Jesus brought together people who had nothing in common, but by dropping their differences they realised their one commonality — their humanity.
Let’s be people who unite and not divide, build bridges and not walls, develop friendships and not groups. Reach out to people you don’t relate to this year, have awkward conversations, step out of your circle, be friends with people outside of Church, outside of work, or your usual clubbing crew, and with your authentic self be friends for the sake of being a friend. You’ll be better for it! The world will be better for it.