I consider friendship to be one of the key elements of a blessed life; but to really experience the power of friendship, you must be a great friend yourself. The Bible has quite a bit to say about friendship. Proverbs 18:24 teaches us two important things when it comes to being a friend:
– If we want to have friends, we must first sow friendship.
– If we try to be a friend to everyone then we cannot be a true friend to any.
Like-minded people are drawn to each other and the attitudes of those you spend time with tend to rub off on you. When it comes to friendships, who you keep company with matters a great deal. Who we choose as our friends is so very important. Friends should build us up and take us forward.
A good friend is loyal and has the courage to be truthful with you – always with your best interests at heart. Their honesty helps to keep you on track. Such friends will also help you not to become distracted with things that have the potential to harm or sabotage your future.
Do you have these kinds of friendships? Are you sowing friendship? Are you keeping good company and nurturing the friendships you have? Perhaps there are some friendships in your life that are a negative influence… you may need to leave those behind. Pursue godly friends who will help build your life and take you forward.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: John 15:13-15
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. ”
PRAYER: Lord God, I ask You to bring a ‘provision of fellowship’ into my life, or cause the friendships I already have to deepen. I ask for relationships that refresh, fill, encourage and inspire – and that in turn, I would learn to be the type of friend who enriches the lives of others.