The person who would have real friends must be a friend. Though I have many that I can call friends, at least on one level, I am blest with several true soul-friends that I definitely do not deserve. These friends make my life what it is and give it a richness that fills me with profound blessing.

As I reflected upon this blessing again this morning, praying for these friends, I was reminded of an old aphorism that I believe sums up one essential for having and keeping soul-friends. The aphorism says: “We should be more ashamed to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.” How very true. Friends will hurt you, even deceive you in rare cases, though almost always unintentionally if they are truly good people. But once you distrust your good friend the relationship is over. I do know this for sure. The one thing a deep relationship of love can not withstand, long term, is distrust.

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  1. Ann August 5, 2006 at 1:57 pm

    I respect friendship,I know true love is always good when you love a good friend.
    John you are true, I have another thing to say.
    some times some bad will come in life.
    But I have a cruel life story, fate that hit me hard.
    I lost agood man from life, my sad life
    Just a life that I never want to lead like what I am.
    Am I lost?
    – Ann

  2. Ann August 6, 2006 at 5:26 am

    the disrespect will kill your friendship
    that is true in my life
    how to know that first tell me

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