Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:33
Some friendships start because of shared interest. Others grow from proximity or common life circumstances. Friendships can be based on many things. But there is something uniquely special about a Christian friendship. A Christian friendship is based upon a shared devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Child of God, “Who are the people who have the most influence in your life? Are they moving you in the right direction?” You must make sure the people you hang out with the most are moving you in the right direction. They should be building you up rather than tearing you down.
Where do you want to be in 10 years? What kind of person do you want to be? If you tell me two things about you—the people you spend your time with and what you’re reading—then I can tell you where you’ll end up, without even knowing you. Those two factors will determine your future. The Bible teaches us, “DO NOT BE MISLED: ‘BAD COMPANY CORRUPTS GOOD CHARACTER’” (1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV). No matter your level in the Christian faith, take the above biblical truth seriously.
Today many believers surround themselves with all kinds of friends, with none or few sharing their Christian convictions. Christian friendship is a treasure because it helps us cling to our greatest Treasure. Conversely, the worst distortion of friendship arises when a friend encourages us, consciously or unconsciously, to place our affections elsewhere. The apostle Peter unwittingly acts out this kind of distortion in Matthew 16. Our Lord Jesus Christ tells His disciples that He will die and rise again (Matthew 16:21). Peter rebuked Him with what was surely a well-intentioned comment from a loyal friend: “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you” (Matthew 16:22).
It looks like the deepest, most genuine, most beautiful form of friendship, but Peter’s words put him between our Lord Jesus Christ and His obedience to the Father. What Peter thought was helpful, our Lord Jesus Christ called a hindrance. What Peter assumed was godly friendship, He called satanic opposition.
1. Thank you, Lord, that You have enabled me to have dear Christian friends no matter where I have lived. And You have enabled me to have friends that are seeking after a relationship with You. May I be the trusted friend to all of them, just like You are my trusted Friend. May it be so in my life today and every day of my life in the Name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
Exercise: Also Join the DSD Prayer Network every Tuesday early Morning Prayer Session From 1:00 am -2:00 am.,
DSDPN PRAYER POINTS: Take praise and worship songs for 30 minutes, 5 decades of the Rosary and pray with Psalms 54, 5.
Also check our Prayer Network (in the DSD website or Community Tab in the DSD Mobile App) for more prayer points.
Meditation: Proverbs 27:6