Loving friends—spiritually

Sometimes we get irritated with friends or even feel estranged from them. How can we put our affections and friendships on a sounder basis?

I've been thinking about friendship. And about God as universal Love. And about how these two ideas come together for me.

The whole subject seems at first to be a puzzle. On the one hand there are people. People have friends, some of whom are closer than others for various reasons. But on the other hand— a big one—the Bible tells us that God is Love and that He is the first and the last, See I John 4:8; Rev. 22:13. the All and Only. If there is one infinite Being, who is Love itself, how do we account for billions of people with friends of various degrees of closeness?

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