(Anam Cara)

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Society has long used the term, "soul friend", for decades - but did you know it goes much further back? Early Celtic believers used the term ANAM CARA to identify those special friends that we often attribute as a close-knit sister or brother that can hold each other accountable. 
But to understand true friendships, we also have to understand what is NOT involved in good relationships. Scripture is a deep well of not only instructive truth, but examples from lives of the apostles and early Believers. The New Testament is full of real-life examples of how people interacted with each other - and the endearing words they showered to uplift and encourage!

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PROVERBS 25:13 Like the coldness of snow in the heat of the harvest is a faithful messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes [another’s] spirit. [CJB]

PROVERBS 27:9 Perfume and incense make the heart glad, [also] friendship sweet with advice from the heart. [CJB]

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TITUS 3:13 Give a general send-off to Zenas the scribe and Apollos, and send them on their journey with what they need.

TITUS 3:15 Everyone here with me sends their loving greetings to you. Greet the believers who love us in the faith. May God’s wonderful grace be with you all!

TITUS 1:4 Titus, you are my true son in the faith we share. May grace and peace descend to you from God the Father our Savior, the Anointed One, Jesus!

TITUS 3:1 Remind people to…never tear down anyone with their words or quarrel, but instead be considerate, humble, and courteous to everyone.

PROVERBS 25:19 Relying on an untrustworthy person in a time of trouble is like [relying on] a broken tooth or an unsteady leg. [CJB]

PROVERBS 25:20 Like removing clothes on a chilly day or like vinegar on soda is someone who sings songs to a heavy heart. [CJB]

PROVERBS 25:21 If someone who hates you is hungry, give him food to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. [CJB]

PROVERBS 25:24 It is better to live on a corner of the roof than to share the house with a nagging [spouse]. [CJB]

PROVERBS 26:1 Like snow in summer or rain at harvest-time, so honor for a fool is out of place. [CJB]

PROVERBS 26:17 Like someone who grabs a dog by the ears is a passer-by who mixes in a fight not his own. [CJB]

PROVERBS 26:21 As coals are to embers and wood to fire is a quarrelsome person to kindling strife. [CJB]

PROVERBS 26:24-26 He who hates may hide it with his speech; but inside, he harbors deceit. He may speak pleasantly, but don’t trust him; for seven abominations are in his heart. His hatred may be concealed by deceit, but his wickedness will be revealed in the assembly. [CJB]

PROVERBS 27:5 Better open rebuke than hidden love. [CJB]

PROVERBS 27:6 Wounds from a friend are received as well-meant, but an enemy’s kisses are insincere. [CJB]

PROVERBS 27:10 Don’t abandon a friend who is also a friend of your father.

PROVERBS 27:10 Don’t enter your brother’s house on the day of your calamity – better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away. [CJB]

PROVERBS 27:15-16 A leak that keeps dripping on a rainy day and the nagging of a [spouse] are the same – whoever can restrain [him/her] can restrain the wind or keep perfume on [their] hand from making itself known. [CJB]

PROVERBS 27:17 Just as iron sharpens iron, a person sharpens the character of his friend. [CJB]

PROVERBS 27:18 Whoever tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who is attentive to his master will be honored. [CJB]