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Monday, August 31, 2015

Developing Committed Connections

In review of Proverbs 18:24 it says, “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

Bottom Line:
Some friends aren’t real helpful, but a true friend is closer than your own family.

What this means to me:
I can have a lot of friends, but they are not always helpful.  A true friend will stick closer and be more loyal than a brother.

Good relationships don’t happen by accident. They take cultivation, work, and a lot of time. That requires commitment!

This verse in Proverbs 18:24 says, “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (ESV).

I think this means that I can over socialize and never enter into deep relationships. I can be networking, contacting, socializing, and making acquaintances but never put in the right amount of time, energy and effort it takes to cultivate a deep, satisfying intimacy of a good friend.

While it’s not wrong to have a lot of acquaintances, I don’t need a lot of friends to make it in this world. However I do need a few good ones. I need to focus on quality, not quantity. This means that any acquaintances; lots of Facebook “friends”, aren’t necessarily going to be there when I need them. But the friends I am truly connected and committed to will.

Every important, close connection begins with a commitment. If I want to get beyond shallow, superficial relationships, I’ve got to be willing to stick with it.

In summary, I can have a lot of friends, but they are not always helpful.  A true friend will stick closer and be more committed than a brother or family member. This morning Father your word reminds me that it’s not just about having a multitude of friends on a superficial level, but rather having a few friends with deeper commitments to each other. I should concentrate on developing more committed relationships, so that I can connect on a deeper level. I need to go beyond the shallow and make a commitment and be willing to stick with it.

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