This week’s episode is an interesting one. The guys discuss Christian friendship, but they invent an acronym—on the spot, mind you—to help remember some of the characteristics of genuine friendship. It’s embarrassingly bad, but that’s what happens when the mics are recording and you don’t have tons of time to edit.
What’s that acronym, you say? They call it the friendship HOSE.
We know, we know, not the greatest acronym in the world. Don’t rearrange those letters either… we know how some of you operate…
Anyway, below is the full acronym:
H - Honest. Friends are honest with one another. Sometimes it hurts, but faithful are the wounds of a friend (Proverbs 27:6).
O - Open. Friends open their lives to one another. They aren’t guarded, but rather they are transparent.
S - Steadfast. A friend loves at all times (Proverbs 17:17) and sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). Friends don’t flake out when circumstances change for the worse.
E - Encouraging. Friends stir one another up to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24). We aren’t perfect, so even as followers of Jesus we’re going to make mistakes ( 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 John 1:8). Christian friendship is saturated with words of encouragement to recall the gospel and fix our gaze on Christ.