Wednesday, July 13, 2011

love and friendship

It's been nearly two months since I married my wonderful husband. I am happier than I ever thought I could be. My sweet Aunt Bea called me last week and was reminiscing on the times that I said I would never get married. I'm glad I didn't stick to that! I have loved every minute of being a wife, even the laundry, dishes and cleaning house has been fun for me because I know how much Jimmy appreciates it all.

Abe has been staying with us for the past 4 days, and been helping me as I still recover from my wisdom teeth surgery. It's been over 2 weeks and the extraction sites are still painful as I got dry socket 2x. Through this time, however, I have been realizing a lot about my relationships and what they mean to me. There are people in my life who I consider friends, who I realize I don't really even know much less do they know me. I have been challenged to dig deeper with my friendships and be the kind of friend that a Christian should be. I want to challenge and be challenged in my walk with Christ through my friendships, not just have shallow acquaintances here and there.

John 15:12-15 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. 

Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor.

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

It seems as though God has a much greater plan for friendships than we allow ourselves to enjoy. Do I love my friends enough to lay my life down for them? Do I honor them enough to challenge them and sharpen them for Christ? I know I am guilty of just taking the easy route and loving when it is convenient and not taking the time to challenge or really go deep. 

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