I felt so overwhelmed last night with the love I have for my friends. Im so thankful to be on this journey with my friends. Thank you for sharpening me, for being real with me, for standing beside me, for worshiping with me, for loving me, for accepting me, for challenging me to become the person God desires and for drawing me closer to Christ. I love and need every single one of you in my life. I have the kind of friends people long for.-and am so thankful. This is today’s Blackaby.

As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. (Proverbs 27:17)

The Christian life is a pilgrimage. At times the road is difficult, and we get lonely. Sometimes we may become discouraged and consider abandoning the journey. It is at such times that God will place a friend alongside us. One of God’s most precious gifts to us is friends who encourage us and lovingly challenge us to “keep going.”

According to Scripture, a friend is one who challenges you to become all that God intends. Jonathan could have succeeded his father to become the next king of Israel. But he loved his friend David, and he encouraged him to follow God’s will, even though it meant Jonathan would forfeit his own claim to the throne (1 Sam. 19:1–7).

The mark of biblical friends is that their friendship draws you closer to Christ. They “sharpen” you and motivate you to do what is right. True friends tell you the truth and even risk hurting your feelings because they love you and have your best interests at heart (Prov. 27:6).

Be careful in your choice of friends! Jesus chose His_closest friends wisely. He did not look for perfect friends, but friends whose hearts were set to follow God. It is equally important to examine the kind of friend you are to others. As a friend, it is your duty to put the needs of others first (Prov. 17:17). Strive to find godly friends who will challenge you to become the person God desires. When you have found them, be receptive to the way God uses them to help you become spiritually mature. Strive also to be the kind of friend that helps others become more like Christ.

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7 Responses to Friends

  1. Jan says:

    yes … well, it’s ONLY a blessing and joy to be able to call YOU friend! let me say! I love you. Jan

  2. Janelle says:

    I love you too and am very thankful for your friendship!

  3. wilorator says:

    I love you guys so much. I am very thankful to have you and Ernie as friends.

  4. wilorator says:

    Sarah, this is Cherie and I know Wil loves you too but I have no idea how I am signed into Wil.

  5. Rachel says:

    I am glad I get to be your friend, too!

    Did you get my email?

  6. Sarah says:

    Rachel, I didnt get your email but we decided to stay home tonight. We’ll be up soon!!

  7. Rachel says:

    Sorry about the email. I don’t know why it didn’t go through. I was telling you that we would not be in town that night because my brother, Daniel, was getting married the next day in Indiana. The wedding was beautiful!!!!! I hope to post pictures when I get back home. We’re headed to the Wisconsin Dells. Never been there before but have heard good things about it. Every heard of it or know anyone whose been there? Let me know if you know of any specific things to do or see.

    I am looking forward to the next visit with you!

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