Having friends is important for a variety of reasons, in fact, God even tells us in the Bible to be in fellowship with others. “Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near”. Hebrews 10:25 (ESV)
This world is really good at beating people down, but when we’re in fellowship with one another, we can build each other up! When we have friends around us, we always have someone there to encourage us and it also gives us an opportunity to encourage others. The same goes for peer pressure- it’s something that’s all around us and can be easy to cave into, but when your friends share the same standards as you, they can stand with you. And as your relationship grows, you’ll be able to sow into their lives as well as them sowing into yours!
Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 (ESV) tells us “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! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?”
When we have friends, we have someone to help us! A friend is an accountability partner who will also do crazy and fun things with us! I have gone through some stuff, and my friends helped make the hard things easier. When we have like-minded friends, we have someone who encourages us to go that extra mile and go deeper in Christ.
Most importantly, friends should help grow your relationship with God. Friends can encourage, uplift, stand up for you, but the most important thing they can do is help you grow as you do the same for them.
We want to hear from you: We are living in a unique time-many of us have not gathered with friends or family for several weeks due to Covid-19, but staying connected to those we love is more important than ever before, and we have many ways of doing so, thanks to technology. How are you staying in touch with your friends? Do you FaceTime or hang out on Zoom with them? Do you have any fun or creative ways of staying connected? What are you most looking forward to doing with your friends when you can hang out again?