Friends are special people, they are chosen; not in someone's life by accident. Friends don't force themselves on you when you want to be alone. Friends keep promises.
Loneliness and lack of social supports are linked to an increased risk of disease and higher mortality rates. So it stands to reason that good friendships enhance an individual's sense of happiness and overall well-being.
Enter Social Networking.
As of January 2011 and after only seven years in existence, Facebook has more than 600 million active users with the average user having 130 friends.
A conservative estimate shows there are over 4,000 active networks.There's MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, Ning, Flickr and the list goes on. Yet with all our social technology advances, Americans have been suffering a loss of close friendships since at least 1985; and today few have any real confidants.
Modern friendships have lost the importance and the meaning they once had.
Do you have hundreds of Facebook friends but still feel lonely?
Most of us love introducing our best friends to others. Let me share mine with you...
Growing up a sexual abuse victim, a promiscuous teen who grew up to become an abuser; I felt totally unworthy of God's love. But the Bible tells us it is the goodness of God that calls us to repentance.
Of these three: the friendship of God, the personal touch of Christ and the conviction of the Holy Spirit; it is the friendship of God that has been most significant to my life. It was the most healing thing for me to discover, that no matter what I had done, God really did love me!
There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. ~ John 15:13
The evidence that having a friend is good for our health more than applies here. But we need more than a Facebook friend to help us make it through our daily struggles. Whatever our problems are we can bring them to The Friend of Sinners. What better BFF to have than Jesus!
Do you feel unworthy of God's love, unable to come to Him because of things you've done?
Please allow me to pray for you...
Father God, I want to pray for my friend reading this right now. Thank you that you've brought her to this place. I ask for the Holy Spirit to touch her heart, so that she can know without a doubt that Jesus is her Friend. Amen.
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