Tikkun America RESTORE Magazine Issue 5 Sh'vat | January 2022 - Page 6

Authentic

Friendship , You First

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Much of our experience of Biblical community rests on the quality of our relationships . Many abandon community life not for lack of love for God , but because of the poor nature of or lack of relationships with others . Yet , relationships are supposed to be at the core of what makes fellowship with Messiah fulfilling and joyful .
When interacting with His band of disciples , Yeshua didn ’ t just preach at them . He walked with them , shared meals with them , prayed with them , and even shared his vulnerability with them during His greatest turmoil ( Matthew
26:38 ).
I enjoy the depiction in the recent The Chosen series where Yeshua is portrayed both joking with His friends and displaying moments of frailty in His humanity . In large part , the health of our relationships with others is also a reflection of our intimacy with the Father .
Perhaps you feel that you have been overlooked within your community . Personally , I have very few friends that take the initiative in reaching out to me .