Thinking Out Loud

November 14, 2008

Some Friendships, Like Water, Tend to Sink to Their Lowest Level

Filed under: Christianity, Faith — Tags: , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 3:40 pm
“…spurring one another on towards love and good deeds.” (Heb. 10:24)

Bizarrely, the closer some relationships are, the more permissive they can become; and our passion to do what is right is diluted.   As we feel able to relax completely with trusted friends, we can abuse the sense of ease by letting our behavior slip.   Gradually language that we would never use in public slips into the conversation and off-white humour that we know is inappropriate becomes part of the common currency of our friendship, because we feel able to let our hair down.   The friendship has now become one that gives permission (where we give each other a license to compromise) rather than providing exhortation (where we encourage each other towards character and excellence).

~Jeff Lucas, writing in Lucas on Life, devotional reading for Jan 20, 2005.

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