1 Thessalonians 5:11 says ‘Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing’. (NIV) This suggests you already know a neighbour or have become a friend.
The inference is friendship is not static. Someone might move in across the street or we ourselves might move house. The cycle of developing friendships will then starts all over again. Most people wait for friendship to come their way rather than making an effort to go and find people to befriend.
All too many people feel isolated and lonely, some because of failing health, others because they find it hard to make new friends. If friendship is offered to someone through an act of kindness, what better way to create a future that is a joy to live and a connection with neighbours that is precious to behold. Just pray and God will lead you.
Don’t wait for friendship to find you, go find it.
Lord, help me to reach out to the new neighbours on my street, to befriend them in your name, Amen.
Start with sending cards, pop it in the letterbox of a house you don’t know. Being proactive will for sure, bring connection and conversation.
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