We all want real friends and lasting friendships. But how do we get them? One of the most popular Bible verses dealing with a universal truth about relationships is also one that is most often misapplied — and the misapplication drives me nuts. Luke 6:38 is the verse popularized by preachers when petitioning parishioners for money — but when Jesus spoke those words he had relationships, not money, in mind:
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (NIV).
How we treat people is akin to tossing a boomerang, so be careful how you toss. Whatever you do will come back to you. We have Jesus’ word on it.
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With the growth of social media, our already innate desire to be liked can morph into becoming imbalanced and unhealthy. We are continually tempted to do and say things merely for the sake of getting attention — but getting attention is not the same as gaining friends and developing friendships.
Couple what’s taking place on social media with the constant bombardment to buy products that promise to make us look, feel and smell more attractive to others, and we are in a perfect environment where almost all we do is think about me, myself and I. We live in a gimme, gimme, gimme culture. If you buy into that approach, you’re going to be a very lonely person.
Give up the gimme, gimme, gimme approach to friendship and you’ll find that you will begin to attract and keep more and more genuine friends. Think about the other person, their likes and interests, and try to find common ground within.
In a day and age of selfish ambition, your selflessness will be incredibly attractive to others. Try out Jesus’ words for yourself. After all, he’s never been wrong about a single thing . . .
HOW MIGHT THINKING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE TRANSFORM EVERY ONE OF YOUR RELATIONSHIPS FOR THE BEST? HAVE YOU MADE THE MISTAKE OF THINKING FRIENDSHIPS CAN BE BUILT PRIMARILY UPON GETTING YOUR NEEDS MET?
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