Throw your hands up!

THROW YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR! AND WAVE THEM LIKE YOU JUST DON’T CARE!

 

You know the phrase. Some of the best artists use it. If you happened to be in the crowd, you know it feels almost right to just throw your hands up and “vibe”. Natural! You’re feeling it and you just want to throw ‘em up! And you do. Your Friday night ended with a bang.

 

Fast forward to Sunday morning. You make it to church. Worship is underway. The Spirit of the Lord is thick and palpable. The urge to raise your hands in worship is there. But you don’t.

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What is Friendship?

What is Friendship?

The Japanese have a term, kenzoku, which translated literally means "family." The connotation suggests a bond between people who've made a similar commitment and who possibly therefore share a similar destiny. The closer we look for the answer the more elusive it becomes. The characteristics that define a kenzoku relationship most certainly are.

1. Common interests. This probably ties us closer to our friends than many would like to admit.

2. History. Nothing ties people together, even people with little in common, than having gone through the same difficult experience. As the sole glue to keep friendships whole in the long run, however, it often dries, cracks, and ultimately fails.

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Obedience

BibleWhat Does the Bible Say about Obedience?

Faith is necessary to please God (Hebrews 11:6), and if our faith is genuine and true, we will live a lifestyle characterized by righteousness, modeling the example set for us by Jesus Christ. We obey His commands, not because we have to, but because we want to, because we love Him. We are enabled to obey because, once we believe in Christ and are saved, we are remade. We are not the same people we once were. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

When we obey the Lord, we can live a life of joy, without shame, rooted deeply in the Lord and confident in our eternal hope. Our obedience is actually part of our assurance that we truly know God (1 John 2:3).

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Levels of friendship

Levels of Friendship

Friendships can be among the most rewarding and the most frustrating relationships in our lives We are told that friends love at all times (Proverbs 17:17), only wound us in ways that are trustworthy (i.e., tough love; Proverbs 27:6), are more loyal than family at times (Proverbs 18:24), provide mutual edification (Proverbs 27:17), can impart wisdom (Proverbs 13:20), and they may even sacrifice themselves for us (John 15:13).

Level 1. Associate

This one has some gray area. Most of the time, you see your associates more than your own family. You all spend enough time with one another. You get to know them better, understand their likes and dislikes, and have a grasp on their personality. This might cause you to consider these people friends, but answer this: Can you bring your associates around your current non-work/church/ friends and not feel uncomfortable? If you can’t then they are strictly associates nothing more. If you feel the need to separate your associates from your life outside the home, then they are far from friends!

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