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Ten Concepts, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

36- Friendship

 

St-Takla.org Image: A girl with her girlfriends, young women talkingm friendship صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: طفلة مع صديقاتها، فتاة تتحدث مع صديقاتها، الصداقة

St-Takla.org Image: A girl with her girlfriends, young women talkingm friendship

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: طفلة مع صديقاتها، فتاة تتحدث مع صديقاتها، الصداقة

There is the love of friends such as the love between David and Jonathan of which David said after the death of Jonathan, "I am distressed for you my brother Jonathan; you have been very pleasant to me, your love to me was wonderful, surpassing the love of women" (2 Sam. 1:26).

It was pure love between two spirits.

On the other hand, love which has a physical relation such as that between husband and wife, is not permitted by the Holy Bible outside wedlock.

At this point we move to friendship: what is its concept? And what are its limits?

Friendship is a feeling of amiability which might be between one man and another, one woman and another, or among the members of one family or between two families with their members whether men or women. It might be between two sexes within the scope of spiritual love without any physical feeling. A friend should be true in friendship. He should be righteous so as to lead his friend to goodness.

A friend who defends you when you do wrong and encourages you to continue is not a true friend.

Whoever does this is not your true friend. His love to you is harmful. So you should choose your friends by those who participate with you in righteousness and who do not flatter you at the expense of truth nor encourage you to do wrong.


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