The Importance of Good Friends

img_2316Someone once said, “Good friends care for each other. Close friends understand each other. But true friends stay forever – beyond words, beyond distance, beyond time.”

That is so true!

It is so important to have good friends to be with you through all of life’s troubles and struggles.

We all need friends that care for us, understand us, and draw us closer to the Lord.

But there are so many of us that believe that we would be better off alone. We think that if we keep to ourselves we will benefit others more so than actually being their friend.

But that is not true.

As I have said many times, women were created as relational beings. That is the way God made us to be.

We need connection. We need fellowship. We need friends.

I want to give you some ways of why having good, godly friends is so important. So here we go!

1. Good friends encourage you and help you through difficult times.

No matter what you are going through or what trial you have faced, good friends will help you through your darkness. Good friends will speak truth into you when you need it. They will listen to you and give you godly advice.

Proverbs 27:9 says that “the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.

And Proverbs 11:14 says, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”

Having godly friends to encourage you and speak life into you when you are going through a tough time will bless you in so many ways.

2. Others have been through hard times too.

Even though you may feel alone in your current walk, there are so many others out there that has been through what you are going through or something similar.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 states that “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!

Good, lasting friendships are made with those who share similar problems and struggles. Sharing stories and miraculous breakthroughs helps friends grow closer to each other and to the Lord.

3. Good friends keep you accountable.

We are not perfect. We stumble and make mistakes.

But having godly friends in our life to keep us accountable is such a blessing.

Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

We need accountability in so many areas in our lives. And having godly friends to help us stay on track is so important.

Having good, godly friends will help you in so many ways.

Make sure your friends lift you higher, not tear you down. Make sure they are pointing you towards the Lord, not away from His ways.

Good friends, and what you learned from them, will stay with you for many years. So make sure the friends you choose are pointing you towards the Lord.

In His amazing love,

Stephanie Steele

Take a minute and ask the Lord if the friends you hang out with are pointing you towards Him. If they are, great! But if they aren’t, ask the Lord to help you meet some good friends to help grow closer to Him.

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