We are commanded in the Scriptures to show love to all believers, but we are not commanded to make all believers our friends.A third relationship God describes in the Bible is marriage.
One kind of relationship the Bible describes is friendship.
Proverbs gives several characteristics of friends and friendships.
Song of Songs 1:2 says “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is more delightful than wine.” Husbands and wives are to rejoice in each other’s love both romantically and sexually.
Each of these three relationships have two common characteristics, a commitment to the responsibilities of that particular kind of relationship and a genuine care and concern for the other person in a particular kind of relationship.
Brother-sister relationships in Christ involve two foundational elements, commitment to fulfill the responsibility of a fellow-believer in Christ and care and concern a believer is to have toward other believers.
It can involve affection as we work together in Christ, but affection is not a necessary element.
The word "friend" means someone you like who also likes you.
This liking involves a "friendship kind of" affection based often on personality and common likes and interests.
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