Proverbs 12:26 (KJV) – The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
For the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Relationships are important. After God made everything he looked back and “it was good.” After he made man, he looked back and decided to make woman, because “it is not good that man should be alone.” (Genesis 2:18)
Friendships are not necessary for eternal life. However, once you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, we are called to be friends with other Christians to give and get support as we live for Jesus.
Man should have friends in his life. Friends help protect us. They are there for help when you need it. Family is close and important, but friendships are different because there is no family tie that binds. You do not choose family, but you choose friends.
There are four levels of friendship: Acquaintances, Casual, Close and Intimate.
Acquaintances barely know each other’s names and say hello when passing in town or at church.
Casual friends see each other on a regular basis and know each other’s names. These may be friends at the fitness center, ball field, restaurant or church.
Close friends are the people you would take trips with, go to dinner with, attend seminars with, or attend life groups with. Close friends know your name and care to know you better as time passes.
Intimate friends are the closest of the close friends. Jesus was a master of relationships, and he had an inner circle of friends; Peter, James and John. Your intimate friends will know your weaknesses and your pains. Your intimate friends will be with you through thick and thin. If you are in the hospital or in any struggle, your intimate friends will stand by you, pray with you and help you.
The most important friendship you will ever have is your friendship with Jesus Christ. He will never let you down. He will be honest and help in times of trouble. Jesus should be the center of every friendship we have.
True friendship requires an investment.
True friendship loves unconditional.
True friendship makes us stronger and better.
True friendship stands with us when under attack.
You must choose your friends, and choose wisely. Trying to be friends or being friends with the wrong people can be destructive to your spiritual growth.
James 4:4b (KJV) – Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Psalm 119:63 (NIV) – I am a friend to all who fear you,
to all who follow your precepts.