We all want solid friendships. Research shows the quality of life increases according to the quality of our friendships. So, friendship really is important to our everyday living. The Bible helps us see that God created us to be relational. We were created for relationship with Him first and then with others. By the way, that order is super important! A relationship with God absolutely increases the quality of your relationships with others.
Understanding these things, many are left wondering why friendship and quality relationship elude them. Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, gave us the proverb that answers this question.
“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly:
And there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”
If we want friendship, we then have to be friendly. This may not come naturally for you. In fact, you may really struggle with stepping out and being friendly. Maybe you freeze up and just don’t know what to say. Don’t give up! With intentional effort, you will find that you can show yourself friendly. I am going to pass along a guide for being friendly in conversation. It is not original with me. It comes from a pastor, whom I respect, by the name of Carl Herbster.
“How to be Friendly and Carry a Conversation”
F: family (husband,wife,kids)
R: roles (job,positions)
I: interests (hobbies,likes)
N: neighborhood (where live)
D: denomination (church)
S: salvation (Christ)
Let’s seek to be friendly wherever we are and discover just how fun it is.