In any decade, we need quality, healthy friendships. We were built for it. In our most kindred spirits, we see God’s grace, love, peace, and power on display. Our own faith blossoms as we witness another’s life in Christ.
Cherished friendships aren’t made overnight. They require intention, forgiveness, love, and belief in what God is doing in the other. Over time, they grow in the dark and the bright seasons of life. They aren’t one-sided or selfish. They look to celebrate and serve the other person with no strings attached. They aren’t dependent on each other for value or worth. The honor value and worth is found in Christ. They encourage the best of who we are, never to exploit or shame our weaknesses. They speak well of each other in person and with others.
Through the rough times
Despite the best of friendships, it’s likely it will hit a rocky patch. In friendship, we bounce when there’s strife, or we, as Colossians 3:12 instructs, “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
As well as walk out the fruits of the spirit as defined in Galatians 5:22-23 NLT “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
Relationships weather rough patches with these virtues. As our close friends witness the muddy moments of our lives, they become the feet of Jesus, as their companionship reminds us we’re not alone.
Proverbs 18:24 “but there is a friend that sticks closer than any brother”
They resemble his mouthpiece of hope and truth and his arms wrapped around our brokenness.
Wrapping yourself In Oneness
It’s been said that we become more like the five people we spend the most time with. If that is true, it is imperative to choose wisely. Integrity, grace, honesty, and compassion are virtues that wear well in every season and decade.
So no matter what is happening throughout your life, your true friends will survive every season alongside you, with Jesus Christ leading the way.
Fight for you
Stand by you
The Heart of our Heavenly Father is for us to commune with Him and fellowship with each other. Developing authentic relationships that will expand the Kingdom. I empower you today to be inspiring, motivating, and encouraging all while cultivating intentional friendships.
What can you do to cultivate your friendships? Are you being intentional in developing authentic friendships? How can you show the fruits of the spirit today?
Please share your thoughts, and comments. I will be sure to respond. I pray you are encouraged, empowered and inspired. Be blessed! In Jesus Name