Friendship requires time. We may say that friendship is important to us, but if we don’t give it the time it deserves, it simply won’t happen. Friendship is, after all, a dynamic, ever-changing relationship. It never stays the same.
Scripture has much to say about friendship, and in fact is filled with stories of friendships. None are perhaps more poignant than the story of Naomi and Ruth who cared for one another in a deep way. What is so touching to me about this caring relationship is the time and energy both invested in each other. They made sacrifices to be with each other, dedicating their lives to meet emotional and physical needs. We must model our friendships after their patterns of interacting.
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