All people, especially Christians, need to stop and consider the importance of friends and the impact those friends have on one's life. Life is more pleasant when we have those who care about us and our welfare. Friends satisfy many needs -- the need for someone to share our joy and happiness (Rom.
Some have good friends while others have bad friends. As humans, we cannot live happy or meaningful lives to ourselves. Romans 14:7 states, "For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself." We need the love our friends have for us.
Love, love, love -- all the wretched cant of it, masking egotism, lust, masochism, fantasy under a mythology of sentimental postures, a welter of self-induced miseries and joys, blinding and masking the essential personalities in the frozen gestures of courtship, in the kissing and the dating and the desire, the compliments and the quarrels which vivify its barrenness.
Dating is not a great way to "really get to know someone." Why?
A study on the quality of relationships found that to avoid loneliness, people needed only one close relationship coupled with a network of other relationships.
To form a close relationship required a growing amount of "self-disclosure," or a willingness to reveal ones personal issues and feelings, and without it people with friends would still be lonely (Jackson, Soderlind & Weiss, 2000, Horesh, Apter, 2006).
“I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. connections are made with the heart, not the tongue.” ― C. You feel like some kind of criminal for having felt, for having wanted. It confuses you, because you think that your feelings were wrong and it makes you feel so small because it's so hard to keep it inside when you let it out and it doesn't coma back. But it takes a lot of living to grow fully into your own wrongness.
She swimmeth in her joy; she floateth on the tide of happiness.A similar study found that some students who had many friends with whom they often spent time were still plagued by loneliness, and this seemed to be related to their tendency to talk about impersonal topics, such as sports and pop music, instead of their personal life (Wheeler).Having a good close social network at work and maintaining low marital distress also play a beneficial role in one’s happiness and life satisfaction (Ruesch et al. Listening carefully and responding in encouraging ways (Active-Constructive Responding) is a very effective way to cultivate positive emotions and deepen relationships.Actually, there are an infinite number of reasons why we need friends.The dictionary defines a friend as "a person who has a real liking for and confidence in another person." W. Vine, in his Expository Dictionary of NT Words, says it is one who is "loved, dear." The term "friendship" is found only once in the New Testament (Jas. It comes from the Greek word philia which is akin to philos which is translated "love." Vine suggests it includes the idea of "loving as well as being loved." The Bible contains examples of friendship which illustrate this idea.