Who do you surround yourself with? Who do you run to when you are excited or broken?
Are they supportive, and most importantly, do they share your faith?
We all need friends.
But here is the thing you can't call everyone a friend. Some people will drag you down instead of helping you move forward.
Others will cause you to drift away from your calling.
That's why you need to be careful about the people you surround yourself with.
We need to surround ourselves with people who share our values and genuinely love us.
Don’t be deceived! “Evil companionships corrupt good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
Benefits Of Having Godly Friends
Godly Friends Bring Us Close To God
Can you genuinely say that your friends draw you close to God?
Do they help you to know God more?
Or do they encourage you to focus on everything but God?
Do you bring your friends close to God?
In a culture where people want to be politically correct, most Christians no longer share their beliefs with others.
We need to surround ourselves with people who love God and are always ready to share their faith with others.
Be around friends who are not ashamed of sharing the gospel with you and other people.
Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend’s countenance. Proverbs 27:17
They Help Us Through Dark Times
We all go through so many challenges. The enemy keeps attacking us, and we keep struggling with our flesh. That is why we need each other.
The enemy likes it when we live in isolation, especially during our dark times. It is in such times when we are vulnerable that he tells us we are not good enough. And he reminds us of our mistakes.
Godly friends will help you during such dark times. They will remind you of God's promises so that you can stand firm in him and fight against the lies of the enemy.
A man of many companions may be ruined, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24
Godly Friends Us Accountable
Let's be honest; we all get off track sometimes. There are times when we struggle with our faith, careers, and life general.
Sometimes we set goals but do not achieve them because of procrastination. An excellent, godly friend will hold you accountable.
They will check on you regularly to ensure that you remain on track. A godly friend will hold your hand so that you can stay faithful to your calling.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls, and doesn’t have another to lift him up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Help Us Become Better People
None of us is perfect. We all need help so that we can be better people. Good friends motivate and cheer each other on.
Your godly friends should help you pray when you fall back. They should hold your hand and help you get back on track when you mess up.
A good friend will show you the right path to follow when you are feeling confused.
They will not put you down when you make a mistake because they know that you are human.
They will also keep your secrets and have your back when other people turn against you.
One who walks with wise men grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20
Having friends who love you is crucial for your spiritual and mental health.
A godly friend will hold your hand in hard times and hold you accountable. They will pray with you and correct you when you are wrong.