Love one another. Serve one another. The New Testament is full of commandments instructing us to engage in relationships with one another, including those of the opposite sex. The church must battle against the lie that men and women cannot operate as friends and recover brother-sister relationships within the body of Christ. Close friends and colleagues Jen Wilkin and JT English share today how their friendship is based on mutual respect and trust, the importance of spiritual maturity in this area, and how the church can become stronger and more effective by embracing biblical male/female friendships.
- We need to recover friendship between brothers and sisters in the church, encouraging one another, celebrating each other, and elevating one another’s gifts.
- Biblical friendship is dependent upon trust, respect, and spiritual maturity.
- Continue to offer the hand of friendship even in spaces where you don’t feel entirely welcome.
“The lie that has been told to a generation, not just of pastors but of people, is that any intense feeling or strong feeling for another person, whether same sex or opposite sex, must have a sexual or romantic tone to it. The Bible says something very different. It uses the term one another over and over and over again in the New Testament.”
“What if we were credited for creating friends and brothers and sisters and just celebrating each other? I mean, when you do it, it’s so freeing and rewarding when you just look another human in the eye and celebrate and encourage them. This isn’t just a gender thing. This is a human thing.”
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