Today my amazing husband Marc turns 29.
If you recall, he wrote me a book on the 29 reasons why he loves Renee for my birthday in June. Since Marc is more of a private guy–I thought I’d return the favor by posting different 13 quotes on friendship.
According to Timothy Keller’s book The Meaning of Marriage, Chapter 4 explores friendship as the mission of marriage.
I hope you enjoy and are encouraged by these friendship quotes.
1. Christian friends…are to honestly confess their own sins to each other (James 5:16).
2. Christian friends…are to lovingly point out their friend’s sin if he or she is blind to them (Romans 15:14).
3. You should give your Christian friends “hunting licenses” to confront you if you are failing to live in line with your commitments (Galatians 6:1).
4. Christian friends…are to stir one another up, even provoking one another to get them off dead center (Hebrews 10:24).
5. Christian friends…shouldn’t [stir one another up] infrequently but should happen at a very concrete level every day (Hebrews 3:13).
6. Christian friends…admit wrongs, offer or ask forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32).
7. Christian friends…take steps to reconcile when one disappoints another (Matthew 5:23ff; 18:15ff).
8. Christian friends…bear each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2).
9. Christian friends…should be there for each other through thick and thin (1 Thessalonians 5:11, 14-15).
10. Christian friends…share their goods and their very lives with each other if there is need (Hebrews 13:16, Philippians 4:14, 2 Corinthians 9:13).
11. Christian friends…must encourage each other through honor and affirmation (Romans 12:3-6, 10; Proverbs 27:2).
12. Christian friends…are to identify and call out one another’s gifts, strengths, and abilities They are to build up each other’s faith through study and common worship (Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19).
13. Christian friendship is not simply about going to concerts together or enjoying the same sporting event. It is the deep oneness that develops as two people journey together toward the same destination, helping one another through the dangers and challenges along the way. (Adapted from The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller, © Dutton, a member of Penguin Group, 2011)