He stated that God created friendship for our comfort. But he created fellowship for our true growth. Wow...deep stuff, and I'm thinking very true!
We all need friends....people with whom we can laugh and cry and play. Friends are for fun and friends are to minister to one another in times of need. I'm so thankful that I've been blessed with a few true friends. I enjoy them, and I think they enjoy me! Friends are good, and friends are good for my comfort.
But we also need fellowship. And I'm realizing as I've been thinking this through that I have far fewer people in my life with whom I'm in fellowship. Besides Carla, I won't name them here. But these are the people who are not only friends, and not just friendly. They're the ones who seek me out when I'm not going down the right path. And they're the ones who ask me to show them the same things. They're the ones that inspire me to grow up, and the ones who will let me inspire them to the same. They're the ones who don't just comfort me when I'm afflicted, but afflict me when I'm comfortable and vice-versa!
So I'm thankful for my friends, for sure! But I'm especially thankful for my fellowship partners...those that help me to be a man more like Jesus!!!