"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
“Show me your friends and I’ll show you yourself” is an old saying, but holds much truth. As Christians an added growth in righteousness can come from spending time with friends that are also growing in righteousness. Close knit relationships with others in Christ allow for getting godly advice, encouragement and direction with aspiring to living a life that’s pleasing to God.
God’s word gives us so many examples of friendships such as Jonathan and David, Elijah and Elisha, Mary and Elizabeth (Cousins), Paul and Barnabas, and many others. In these examples we see loyalty, partnership, encouragement and even peaceful separation for the sake of giving out the gospel.
Take time to look closely at the friends you have chosen and really see if you have godliness and righteousness in common. This doesn’t mean that you cannot associate with anyone out of your close knit circle, but your closest friends should be the ones that you can trust to always direct you to God’s word if you should you stray.
"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?" 2 Corinthians 6:14
God gives us the gift of friendship. Jesus called us friends allowing us to know the things that the Father made known to Him. We share with those closest to us the intimate details of our thoughts and desires as Jesus has done with us.
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17
"I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you." John 15:15
God has blessed me with some incredible friendships and for that I am very grateful. My dear friends are encouraging and bring unmeasurable joy to my life. My prayer is that we will all work hard at developing friendships that last into eternity.
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
Posted on Tue, August 25, 2015
by Sam Petitfils