Becoming a godly person is a worthy goal for every believer. We usually recognize that prayer and Bible study are essential to achieving this objective, but did you know that having right relationships is also a critical element in our journey toward godliness? Friends, family members, and co-workers can either help or hinder us as we seek to walk closely with the Lord.
Since this world is filled with people who don't share our beliefs or values, we need relationships that stimulate and challenge us to become the people God wants us to be. We'd like to think that all our Christian acquaintances help us achieve this goal, but sadly, many believers interact with each other on a trivial level. We need relationships that are based on more than common interests; we need people who will encourage and build us up in our faith.
These kinds of friends give wise counsel based upon God's Word. Their advice isn't always comfortable, but it's always beneficial. They're not afraid to speak the truth, even if it's painful to hear. When we've gotten off track, they lovingly confront us and point us in the right direction. If we encounter times of difficulty or suffering, they are by our side, encouraging us to trust the Lord as we walk through fiery trials.
What kinds of relationships do you have? Can you name someone who has helped you become more like Jesus? Such friends are priceless treasures. If you don't have anyone like this in your life, ask the Lord to provide someone. We were not created to walk alone on our Christian journey.
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