{day eighteen}

“The Creator arranged things so that we need each other.”

~~Basil of Caesarea

I mentioned recently that I was reading this book.

This book is crammed with spiritual disciplines.

Today I read about spiritual friendships, how

we share our lives with others.

Before each discipline there is chart, followed by a brief chapter,

ending with reflection questions and spiritual exercises.

I thought I would share the chart about spiritual friendships for you

to ponder today along with a meaningful quote.

DESIRE:
  • to develop a friendship that encourages and challenges me
    to love God with all my heart, soul, strength and mind.


DEFINITION:
  • Spiritual friendship involves cultivating a covenant friendship
    where I can naturally share about my life with God. 
  • It is grounded in relationship to God and a commitment to support,
    encourage, and pray for one another.
SCRIPTURE:
  • “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
    Proverbs. 17: 17
  • “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you,
    in order to bring praise to God.”
    Romans 15: 7
  • “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
    Proverbs 27: 17
 PRACTICES INCLUDE:
  • journeying with another so you mutually grow in faith,
    hope and love
  • covenanting to pray for and receiving one another in love
  • playing together and praying together
  • knowing another well enough to be a support,
    encouragement and word of God to them
  • developing a healthy, interdependent friendship that encourages
    and grows the soul
  • inviting a friend into the journey of recognizing your blind spots
GOD-GIVEN FRUIT:
  • gaining the perspective and support of a trusted Christian friend
  • being open about your highs, lows, temptations and joys
  • experiencing God’s love through the love of a friend
  • appreciating and being thankful for the giftedness of your spiritual friend
  • allowing a trusted friend to stretch and challenge you
  • laying down your life for love of another
  • having more than allies, colleagues and acquaintances in your journey

Do you have spiritual friendships?

How can you continue to build those relationships?

Do you long for a deeper friendship?

Pray for God to lead you to the right person to pursue

a covenant friendship.

Someone may be waiting for you to be courageous

to ask.


“Spiritual friendship adds another dimension to the wonderful
gift of friendship.  As friends open their spiritual journeys to
another in the presence of Christ, they both step onto holy ground.

Spirit connects with spirit.  And the deep place where our spirit
touches the Spirit of God becomes shared territory.  Spiritual friends
donate themselves to one another in love.  They go out of their way to
practice “one anothers” together.  Because of the bond of love, friends can
hear truths from each other that they can’t with nonfriends.  Furthermore,
loyal spiritual friends help one another experience their true belovedness.
Spiritual friendship is not an easy path.  It winds through the rigors of giving
and receiving love to the very end.  It lays down convenience and dies to self for
the sake of the friend.

While spiritual friends are chosen and unique, they do not cut themselves off from
others, refusing to invite them into the depths of their friendships.

Spiritual friends want their relationships to reflect the love of the Trinity.

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit invite others in to their divine community.  So true
spiritual friends invite others into their shared loving and knowing.
Loving another doesn’t create less love to share out–it creates more.”


Share your life with another and then scatter and spread the love. 

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