Trust in the jungle of unpredictability

Life can be chaotic. And volatile. And hard.

That’s why friendship is so important.

Christian ethicist Lewis Smedes wrote an article about the power of making a promise. He says that when you make a promise to someone, “You have created a small sanctuary of trust within the jungle of unpredictability.

I think that’s great advice to apply to our friendships.

We make not spend every day making formal promises to our friends, but when we tell them we’ll be there for them no matter what, we should honour that statement—we should be there for them no matter what. When we say they can share their burdens with us, we should share their burdens.

Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death…” That means that the words that roll off your tongue and out of your mouth can bring more life into the world… or more death. Friends need life. And friends give life.

Be a friend whose words can be trusted.

This creates “a small sanctuary of trust within the jungle of unpredictability.”

By Matthew Ruttan

–My latest blog is called “Who decided which books would go into the New Testament?” You’ve probably heard the conspiracy theories that politicians voted on which books to include in the Bible to make Jesus look impressive and further their own power-hungry cause, right? Well, this blog gives some clarity to the situation. Click here to read.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.
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