Friendship A Great Tool For Serving God

Good friends are really a treasure.  They are hard to find and need to be held on to tightly.  For the Christian, friends who help you live for the Lord, are a true blessing from the Lord.  There are many places in the Bible that warn us not to have bad friends that would pull us away from God.  We also learn from Scripture to build loving relationships with God’s people.  Many passages which deal with brothers and sisters point to friendship within the kingdom of God.

Isn’t it true that making friends who have a firm relationship with God helps us to develop our relationship with the Lord?  We for sure know that the opposite is certain.  Friendships in the family of God won’t happen by accident.  We have to be friendly and cultivate the relationships we want to have in God’s family (Proverbs 18:24).  An old professor at North East Texas College used to have a motto: “Success is equal to time on task.”  Working on a relationship of any kind is mandatory.  I am afraid if we only spend the hour or two we see each other on Sunday and Wednesday to build Christian friendships we may never really have any true friends.  After all, much of our focus at the church house is God focused and worship purposed.  We need to make time to be together throughout the week.  I’ve always wondered where the time for older women to teach their younger women to love their husbands and children (Titus 2:3-5).  Good teaching comes when the bond of friendship is the backdrop for that instruction.

Friendship sometimes will be the only thing that can pull us through a spiritual crisis.

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy” (Proverbs 27:6).

Do all you can to build and maintain good friendships with God’s people.  It’s also a great idea to win friends from the world to Christ.  Be the kind of friend who is soul minded (Proverbs 11:30).

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