Monday, February 29, 2016

Book Review: How Should We Develop Biblical Friendship?

How Should We Develop Biblical Friendship? by Joel Beeke and Michael Haykin is part of the 12-booklet Cultivating Biblical Godliness series published by Reformation Heritage Books.  This booklet is short at just 46 pages and looks at the Christian duty to develop biblical friendships.

I found this book to be very encouraging as I find myself in a new church home.  The authors not only look at the art of building godly friendships, but also give practical steps toward deepening those friendships.  In addition, they remind the Christian that "[a]s you strive to be a friend, you must recognize the mystery of how friendships come to pass.  You cannot make someone be your faithful friend.  God is Lord of friendship," (p. 22).

I recommend How Should We Develop Biblical Friendship? for all Christians.  True biblical friendship is difficult to find in the frenzy of activities in most local churches.  Truly close friends are few and far between, so cultivation of that true friendship is important.  Beeke & Haykin quote Esther Edwards Burr to show the importance of the relationships we have here on earth: "True friendship is first enkindled by a spark from heaven, and heaven will never suffer it to go out, but it will burn to all eternity," (p. 11).

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"Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind," (Phil. 2:2).