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On Friendship
May 2, 2020

On Friendship

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Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

In the beginning of 1 Thessalonians 4, Paul put up the guardrails. Paul told us what was out of bounds and off limits. Paul says because God’s will for our lives is our sanctification (being conformed into the likeness of Jesus through the help of God’s grace) we need to avoid all impurity, especially sexual immorality. First he told us what is out and now, in 4:9-12, he tell us what is within bounds and without limit. And much to our surprise, the first thing Paul expresses is friendship. The Greeks had numerous words for love, but he doesn’t take us to romance or marriage or anything of that nature. He doesn’t think of love in the way we so often do – at least not out of the gate. The first thing Paul says is within bounds and without limit is the cultivation of deep, meaningful, Spirit-filled friendships. In fact, Paul goes so far to say that when Christian friendships are what they should be, we will gain the respect of outsiders and be dependent on no one (4:12). This week we’ll the power of godly friendships and why they might be exactly what we need to navigate the complexity of life, especially life in the day of Covid-19.