The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26
Throughout the duration of life, there will be hundreds of people who will come into contact with. Some may be around for a number of years and some may only be there temporarily. With that being said, there are always circumstances that can lead your circle to change. You have a falling out with your best friend, someone goes away to school and you lose contact with each other. I am learning that things can change very quickly when it comes to friendship.
One day you may think you are so close with someone, next minute you know, you two can never talk again. It has happened a few times with me. I also know it is very easy to blame different circumstances but sometimes I may have just not been a good friend.
This is why I value prayer. Praying that I will always be a good friend, a friend who will always be there for my loved ones and they always know that, providing them with sound advice and prayer.
Praying for God to cover your friendships with the blood of Jesus, asking God to reveal those who may not have your best intentions and removing them from your life is so important.
Your inner circle should be thought of as a mental sanctuary where you do not have to worry about who knows who’s business or who does not like this one. If this happens to be the case, you should consider making subgroups within that circle if you need to, because when people do not like each other, things become very messy.
Make sure that the people you keep around you are for you, meaning you all are there out of love for each other. There should not be any going behind people’s backs or shadiness happening. We are honestly too mature for all that.. Do not be afraid to ask questions. If someone is really your friend, you should be able to talk to them about how you feel and be able to tell when they are lying or when something is off.
Five Reasons Why You Should Surround Yourself With God-given Friends:
- “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14)
- “A wise man is strong, yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counsellors there is safety.” (Proverbs 24:5)
- “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” (Proverbs 27:17)
- “Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.” (Proverbs 19:20)
- “Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.” (Proverbs 19:27)
These five verses show us that there is safety in the multitude of counsellors, that plans can go awry without having other people to sort things out with. That war is waged by having wise counsel with others. That learning is increased by listening to wise counsel, and that if we cease to listen to wise counsel – that we will start to stray from being able to acquire more knowledge in God!
Overall, I just want to encourage you to pray about the company you keep and for God to bless you with Godly friendships.