In a world that is broken and lonely, how do we think about friendship? Through this series we will see that friendship is a great gift from God to his people. We will see that the Bible points people to Jesus and helps them grow in obedience to him.
Today we start a new series, Friendship, which has been prepared by Caitlin Orr. Caitlin is an Assistant Minister at Watsons Bay Anglican Church in Sydney.
Reflections: Made for relationships Over the past few years several studies have suggested that social isolation or loneliness poses a bigger risk to our health than smoking or obesity. Loneliness has the same effects on your body as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. The negative effects of loneliness and our desire for friendship shouldn’t surprise us. Our great God is himself relational. He exists relationally as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Humanity (that’s
you and I) is created in his image. So we have been created as relational beings. We have been created for relationships. In Genesis 2 the only thing that is not good in the garden is that Adam has no complement. There is no partner fit for him. He is alone. Until God creates Eve and declares his creation to be very good. So, as humans made in the image of God we are made for relationships. We are made for relationships. We are made for friendship.
Questions: Why is friendship essential to our humanity? How does knowing that we are made for friendship change your understanding of what it means to be a friend?
Prayer: Dear God, thank you that you have made humanity in your image. Thank you that you have made us relational
beings. Please help us to know how to be a friend to the people you have placed in our lives. Please help us to love and care for those we know who are lonely.
We’re reading the Bible until June 30th with Caitlin Orr. Caitlin is an Assistant Minister at Watsons Bay Anglican Church in Sydney