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Summary: Relationships that work and last for eternity are steered by honesty and authenticity. They are also maintained by a commitment that will last for eternity. The only way they can endure the test of time is for them to be formed and based in God’s love.

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Relationships that Work!

Thesis: Relationships that work and last for eternity are steered by honesty and authenticity. They are also maintained by a commitment that will last for eternity. The only way they can endure the test of time is for them to be formed and based in God’s love.

Introduction: God designed us to have relationships with one another. Really relationships are what the church is all about. The Bible is full of stories about people who have relationships with one another and with God. Today I want to focus on friendship style relationships. Les Parrot in his book Relationships has a chapter called “Friends to Die For”.

He makes a statement that when I read it impacted me and prompted me to reflect on relationships and their importance. He stated, “…most people do, in fact, find a kindred spirit or two. In fact, only seven percent of people say they don’t have someone in their circle of friends who, at any given time, they can rely on as a best friend.”

I agree with this but for most people this becomes their spouse. But today I want to talk about friendship with others – not with your spouse! Joseph Addison stated, “The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment is a secret which but few discover.”

I agree with this statement “Few have discovered that friendship makes life sweeter, makes life more enjoyable, makes life easier to handle.” Friends – good friends do make all the difference in this world especially when we deal with life’s challenges on a daily basis. A good Godly friend is one who is there to help us face the harsh realities of life. A good friend is one who is not a fair weather friend who is their in the good times but disappears in the bad times. It’s one as Proverbs says” …loves at all times.”

Leslie Parrot has this to say about friendship:

Friends make the ordinary-running errands or eating lunch, for example-extraordinarily fun. And good friends ease our pain and lighten our heavy load….Not only are friends good for the soul but for the body as well. Friends help us ward off depression, boost our immune system, lower our cholesterol, increase the odds of surviving with coronary disease, and keep stress hormones in check. A half dozen top medical studies now bear this out. Their findings didn’t seem to be influenced by other conditions or habits such as obesity, smoking, drinking, or exercise. The thing that mattered most was friends. What’s more, research is showing that you can extend your life expectancy by having the right kind of friends (75).

How important are friendships with others? They in reality can extend your life span. They help you live happily and healthier. I really believe that friendships-relationships that are genuine and godly are rear today. I just think about the latest hit movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. Have you wondered why this is such a hit. I really believe it was successful because of the strong, deeply committed relationships revealed in the movie. The one


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