Fighting for Great Friendships
In this sermon on faith and friends in The Salvation Army, we are encouraged to help our comrades in their faith. Do you strengthen or burden them?
The Insecurity Epidemic
Modern society seems to be in the grip of an insecurity epidemic. All around us are people suffering with low self-esteem. Perhaps you struggle with your own insecurities?
Comradeship: The Antidote to Insecurity
Paul suggests an antidote. Comradeship is the answer. Comrades who believe in each other the way Jesus believes in them. Comrades who affirm each other. Comrades who see the potential in each other. Comrades who bring out the best in each other.
Paul’s longing to visit Rome
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 9 God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.
11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong – 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,[a] that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.
Comrades help our spiritual growth
Romans 1:12 NCV
I mean that I want us to help each other with the faith we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.
Fighting for great friendships and comradeship means me helping you and you helping me. We can strengthen each other’s faith.
Are you investing in your friendships with comrades?
It takes time and energy to fight for great friendships. Time is the best predictor of how close friends and comrades will be.
But not just time. To help each other with our faith, we need to have deep friendship. That doesn’t just take time. It’s also about what we talk about when we’re together. The best place I’ve found for deep conversation is in a small group.
The marks of a corps with strong comradeship
Romans 1:13 ESV
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles.
Let’s nourish each other; help each other stand in the fire when we face difficulty; give each other a jump start when we need one; encourage each other; share our burdens; lift our moods; help each other face the unknown; and help each other to trust God more.
That’s the best way to fight for great friendships.
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