As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
–Proverbs 27:17 NLT
A church billboard reads, “Good friendships added to your life multiplies joy, divides sorrow, and subtracts loneliness.”
Loyal friends accept each other unconditionally: “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need” (Proverbs 17:17 NLT). True friends have each other’s back: “There are friends who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24 NLT). Helpful friends offer sound counsel: “The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense” (Proverbs 27:9 NLT).
However, the wrong friendships can lead to feelings and actions that pull you away from God.
Arguments put barricades between friends: “An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars” (Proverbs 18:19 NLT).
Gossip divides friends: “A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends” (Proverbs 16:28 NLT). Unruly friends are negative influences: “Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul” (Proverbs 22:24-25 NLT).
God ordains families, but He allows you to select your friends. In healthy relationships, each person pours into the lives of others; the commitment is not one-sided. You can’t control how others treat you, but you can control how you treat them. Remain loyal, nurturing, and keep Jesus the focal point of all relationships.
- Pray for wisdom concerning the relationships in your life.
- Thank God for the relationship you can have with Him.