Saturday, April 9, 2016

Developing Godly Friendships

A man who has friends must himself be friendly.
Proverbs 18:24 NKJV

   The Lord desires for you to have an intimate relationship with Him, but He doesn't stop there. He wants you to have enriching fellowship with other people as well. When you are lonely, you are to turn first to the Father. But you can also rely upon the people He has placed in your life.
   Friend, God has given you people to love. They may not be the ones you wish you had a relationship with, but the Lord has placed them in your life for a purpose. And your loneliness will be remedied by interaction with them rather than by an escape into fantasy or other addictive behavior.
   One of the greatest blessings in life is a godly friend. So don't be reluctant to call upon your loved ones when you experience moments of loneliness, grief, debilitating loss, or profound despair. He has placed other people in your life to love you, spend time with you, and help you break through the wall of separation you feel from the world.
   Therefore, don't remain isolated. Reach out to others and thank God for your friendships.

Father, lead me to godly friends who
demonstrate Your love and faithfulness. And
help me to be that friend to others, amen.

In His presence. . . turn toward godly friends.

Stanley, Charles F. "Developing Godly Friendships." Every Day in His Presence: 365 Devotions. Nashville: Thomas Nelson. page 381.

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