The truth is that both the wonderful parts and the not-so-wonderful parts of our character are primarily revealed in relationship with others.
We need friends:
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
~ Proverbs 27:17
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. ~ Ecclesiastes 4:12
To lean on when we need support-
When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under
him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one
side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
~ Exodus 17:12
To celebrate with-
When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish
on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the
fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the
boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but
even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come
and have breakfast.” ~ John 21:9-12a
On the winding road of life, friends serve as both speed bumps and companions for the ride. They are mandatory - not optional. They are also not neutral. They can bring out the worst or the best in us...so choose wisely.
Take time to nurture your good friendships this week – including your friendship with your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Your friend in Christ...