The Danger of Friends

by Cecily Paterson

Have you ever thought that having friends could be a bad thing? Well, there are some reasons why we need to be careful with our friendships.

Hollywood movies love to make stories about friendships where one of the parties turns out to be a psychopathic killer. It is relatively unlikely to happen to you, but there are other dangers with friendship.
Exclusiveness
One of the potential problems with friendships is exclusiveness. Just the fact of having some people as friends means that other people are not friends. It’s an easy step from choosing this person to excluding that person. The danger is that we start to become ‘exclusive’ and put ourselves up against other people.
Exclusiveness is basically pride.  Even when we have personal friends, we must not fall into the danger of thinking we and our friends are better than the rest of the world.
Remember what Jesus says in Matthew 7:12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets”.
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Writer. Mother. Christian. Wife. Chauffeur. Cook. Cleaner. Thinker. Sorter. Designer. Creator. Reader. Obsessive. Distracted. Friendly. Annoyed. Annoying. Wry. Generous. Thoughtful. Quiet. Bossy. Old and getting older. Just a person really.  What I’m REALLY interested in is relating to people. The second part of the greatest commandment. ‘Love God’ seems clear enough. But sometimes I struggle with ‘love your neighbour as yourself’. People annoy me. So I think about friendships. Fellowship. Love and hate and inbetweens. How it works. And how Jesus makes a visible, tangible difference to the way I relate to others. Website: http://www.cecilypaterson.squarespace.com

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