The current pandemic has ravaged our social lives. We have been limited in the times and places that we can be with others. And the necessity of wearing masks has compounded these difficulties, limiting our ability to recognize people, read social cues, and respond to facial emotions. Even the most introverted of us have felt the sting of this degree of isolation.
Friendship is a tremendous blessing from God that provides opportunities to glorify Him through enjoying each other, supporting one another, and growing together. No relationship will be free from conflict, but friends can grow closer by the way they work through problems together. Our friendships will either thrive through respect and love—or shrivel and die through selfishness.