"The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray." Proverbs 12:26
The saying, "Show me the ten people you hang around the most and I will show you where you will be in ten years," is extremely accurate. The quality of your life, marriage and family will eventually become a reflection of the people you surround yourself with. Do you want to be successful in your walk with God, the best spouse and parent you can be, and fulfill the call of God on your life?
A large portion of achieving these valuable life treasures requires cultivating Christ-like friendships and being receptive to mutual accountability through those friendships. It also includes accepting and receiving insight and correction from authority figures and mentors that God places in our life. When we are receptive to our mentor's instruction and have Christ-like friends, we will find ourselves increasingly walking in the promises of God. In doing this, we will greatly improve our relationships in the home and achieve greater levels of leadership in our place of work or ministry.
Friendships are just what the word describes. A friend is like a ship. They either help carry us up stream or down steam. Their words and actions have a large impact on us, negative or positive. Do out friends talk about and focus on the good in their spouse? We will be more likely to think and talk about our spouse in a positive way. Do they find fault in their spouse? If we continue to spend time with them, we will eventually begin to find fault in our spouse. Words spoken by those we are close to eventually influence us, producing either good or bad fruit in our lives. It is wise to invest time with those realize they will eat the fruit of their lips; therefore, they speak with wisdom and are guarded in what they say.
We as believers are to be like eagles. Isaiah 40:31 states,
"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength ; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."
God wants us to soar above life's circumstances. Our close friendships (or lack of Christ-like friendships) will greatly influence how we soar.
Are your friendships helping you soar?
If they aren't, we pray that God will send you Christ-like friendships that will last a lifetime.
Blessings to you,
Shaun & Amy