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The Importance of Good Friends

There will always be times in life where you just donít feel like you can do everything your own. In those times, it is not only crucial to have a child-like reliance on God, as our heavenly father, but to also surround yourself with quality people that you can depend on. We as humans tend to make mistakes, and then try to find ways to justify our decisions. That is why we all need an accountability partner that will be honest with us in those moments that we arenít honest with ourselves. Sometimes our judgment may be clouded by a situation, and we need someone to help us through those times.

Proverbs 13:20- He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.

I know that when I am going through a tough situation, I always ask my closest friends for advice. They are friends that I count on to be open and honest with me, even if I donít want to hear it. I value their opinion because I know that they not only have my best interest in mind, but are also considering the will of God. They will not let me stumble, because they know the consequences, and they see the bigger picture. If you surround yourself with quality Christian friends, their values will be Godly values, and you can always count on them for a good word of wisdom when you canít seem to get a direct word from God Himself.

I don't believe that we as Christians should stay in our Christian bubble and not branch out to embrace non-believers, but I do believe that we should all have a close group of friends that will build us up in our walk with God, instead of being a temptation to do things that are against His will. Satan wants to put people in our lives that will cause us to stumble. You will meet non-believers almost daily, and they will have different beliefs and different convictions. Keep in mind that you can be their friend without compromising your beliefs to make them feel comfortable. We must find the balance between witnessing to the lost, and becoming the lost. Welcome them into your world, and into Godís world. Your life will be a witness in itself.

Hebrews 10:24-25- And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another- and all the more as you see the day approaching.

God did not place us on this earth to be alone, and He rejoices when we find encouragement in each other. I challenge you today to consider the people you surround yourself with. Are they going to help you grow spiritually, will they pray for you in a time of need, or will they bring you down? Find a close friend, someone that you trust, and ask them to be your accountability partner. Ask them to tell you when they feel that you are acting out of passion instead of the will of God, and do the same for them. Watch how your relationship will grow with not only them, but more importantly with God.

Morgan Pride - One Cubed Staff

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