One of the strongest themes of the conference I attended in London was friendship. This topic is critical to unity in the Body of Christ – not just the appearance of friendship or “getting along”, but sincere and authentic friendship. Definitions include references to mutual trust, support and vulnerability.
There’s something to be said about the power of friendship; we see it modelled in scripture in many ways, most importantly how we are referred to as friends of God.
Friendship is not exclusive to those in the church “club”, that is people that are Christians or who have been around a church for a period of time. Christ didn’t withhold his most loving and caring moments for just the select few family members or disciples. He showed what could only be described as genuine love and friendship to people of all walks of life – strangers and acquaintances alike. Are there people today you can reach out and build a bridge to?