Getting and Keeping Friends

Good and lasting friendships don't just happen. We have to work at them, take care of them, sometimes pray about them, if we're to keep them warm and satisfying. We have to learn how to do our part in keeping them alive and pure—not to be selfish and expect our friends to bring good to us and give them nothing good in return. Friendship is a two-way street, as much love going in one direction as in the other.

First of all, how can we acquire friends of the right kind if we haven't any?

The law of God takes care of that. God, divine Love, is everyone's Father; and He loves all His children, pouring out to them and through them all the qualities that make up satisfying, affectionate, healthy companionship. No one need be lonely or starved for affection. Everyone can express God's wonderful, warm, loving qualities—not only to family and friends but to the whole world. Someone who knew Mrs. Eddy and the warmth of her all-embracing love once said it was as though she loved everything—even a blade of grass. We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, First Series, p. 75:

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