The importance of Friendship
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV
“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.” Proverbs 27:9 NIV
“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another.” Romans 12:15-16 NIV
I have grown up watching, reading, and listening to the tender story of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Now that I am an adult, my friends and I still get together and cherish that beloved story. It is a group of friends who I recognize as sisters so close knit in their relationship with God, that it bleeds into our relationship as life long friends.
I cannot stress to you how important and crucial it is to have friends that build you up, instead of slowly leading you deeper and deeper into the dirt. Like in Little Women, the four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, are constantly there for each other. Yes, they have their ups and downs. I can see this happen in my own friendships, but through those hardships, they always end up growing even closer. (These moments are what makes the story so good and relatable to everyday life.)
I believe God wants us to invest in good friends who will be there through your toughest moments in life, through all your ups and downs and who will encourage you to grow closer to God. Like in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” So, I encourage you to think about those in your own life who truly want the best for you and have been by your side through thick and thin. Invest in them. I also encourage you to be that friend. Look for the weary and help them up.
Let’s pray: Thank you, Lord, for being the ultimate friend in my life. Thank you for dying on the cross so that I could be free. I pray that you would give me discernment to be able to tell which friends build me up. I pray that you would help me to reach out to those in need of an uplifting friend. Help me to continue being a friend focused on you.