I call them my sister-friends, friends who are so dear and precious that they’re basically my sisters. And while the picture is a few months old, the sentiment is not; it is as old as time. If, as St. John tells us, love is of God, then I can be absolutely certain that these two ladies are direct gifts from God. I’ve known them for about three years, which isn’t long in the grand scheme of things, but I know that they are ones that I want to hold onto for the rest of my life.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may haveconfidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
-I John 4:11-18