Proverbs 27:17 NKJV — As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
People need each other and the gift of true friendship comes from God.
This verse captures the truth in a concrete way: friendship is a mutually beneficial relationship.
Both parties are honed, sharpened, and better able to be used by God, because of the friendship.
It’s a place where both parties can be real, honest, and held accountable; encouraged in righteousness.
Proverbs 17:17 NKJV — A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
True friendship is built through love and it withstands the storms of life.
Even friendship can be twisted by the enemy to be something it was never intended to be, this choosing one’s friends needs to be with wisdom and discernment.
Proverbs 20:11 NKJV — Even a child is known by his deeds, Whether what he does is pure and right.
Our choice in friends should be honorable before the Lord; fellow believers who live by the Word of God and exhort us to do the same.
We also need to be a friend to others if we expect to have them.
Jesus is our example in all things.
He is the Son of God, which means He’s holy, righteous, sinless, and He is greatest friend, ever.
John 15:13 KJV — Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Let us be inspired by our Savior to follow in His example.
Loving at all times, exhorting through application of His Word, encouraging through faithfulness, and sacrificing ourselves for our friends and family.
As the body of Christ, we need one another, and there’s no better time to hold each other up than today.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You that we can find direction for every part of life, including our friendships. Lord, please help me to be a good friend, like You are. Please bring scripture to my heart as I pray for my friends. Please place Your Word in my mouth as we share. Lord, please help me to be silent and simply listen, not caught up in myself that all I do is talk. Lord Jesus, help me to have discernment and understanding. That I would be an encouragement to my friends and family. Lord, thank You that some of my closest friends are my family. That is such a blessing. Lord Jesus, in all things I want to bring You glory. I want to be filled with gratitude and praise, not allowing anything to quench my worship of You. Thank You for Your encouragement this day. I love You, Jesus. Amen.