Friends and neighbors

I went out to look for friends and didn't get any. I went out to be a friend and got many. This was written in an article long ago There is a truth in it that really works. Love, appreciation, friendship and the list could go on and on. If we love, give, serve and encourage, it will all come back to us. Jesus said that it is more blessed to give than to receive. This concept can be applied to many other actions.

The Biblical story of "The Good Samaritan" exhibits the principle very well. That story was given as a parable. If it had been an actual story, the Samaritan and the beat up and robbed man, lying along the road, would no doubt have been friends for life. This parable was given in response to a question. The second commandment given by our Lord was "To love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves." The question was, "And who is my neighbor?"

Friendships are wonderful relationships. Neighbors can and should be real friends. Friends can also be really great neighbors. We just left a neighborhood of really caring and friendly neighbors and friends. The condominium building we just moved into seems to be filled with friendly, helpful and caring people.

Certainly there are many levels of friends. Perhaps it is more of a continuum of degrees than levels. Be that as it may, God will never rebuke us for being friendly, helpful and caring. Then, of course, may we always remember that actions speak louder than words.

For the 2010 Club, July 18 takes us to Psalms 27 and Acts 20.

Have a good week befriending someone.