Friendship is an essential part of human existence. If we reflect upon our friendships, we know the joy that they give us. There is a special connection between friends which they both enjoy. It is an unspoken bond which deepens as each becomes more open and accepting of the other. But each person can act negatively towards their friend and decrease their friendship. There is a kind of unspoken set of rules between friends. A kind of code of conduct. At times this is made explicit particularly if one friend has wronged the other. There is also a sense that true friendship goes on forever. There is something eternal about deep friendship. Our friends allow us to be our selves. We can express who we really are with our friends. We feel that we gain something more from our friends than we give. There is a synergy at work, the combination is greater than the parts. We discover who we really are through our friends. We are able to let our defences down and just be ourselves. Our friends confirm who we are, and also indicate when we aren’t being true to who we are. They can see our own goodness and affirm that goodness. They reveal to us we are lovable and acceptable as we are. As we become more true to our friends, we become more true to ourselves. Friendship allows us to have a deeper rest and be rejuvenated by our friends. From this exploration of friendship we draw out several conclusions.

  1. We need friends if we are to be our true selves.
  2. There is an unspoken moral code at the heart of friendship which is made explicit if broken.
  3. There is something divine about friendship, its life giving properties and its eternal nature. 

All these reflections are a reflection of the Trinity.


SUMMARY

  1. We need friends if we are to be our true selves.
  2. There is an unspoken moral code at the heart of friendship which is made explicit if broken.
  3. There is something divine about friendship, its life giving properties and its eternal nature.
Sun, 01/01/2017 - 14:53
Level
Intermediate

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