Being a Christian Friend

Having Christian friends,  involves developing close relationships with others based on mutual respect, trust, and a shared commitment to living according to the teachings of the Bible. Here are a few things you can do to cultivate good, godly, biblical friendships:

  1. Pray for guidance and wisdom in choosing friends. The Bible says, "Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character'" (1 Corinthians 15:33). Surrounding yourself with people who share your values and beliefs can help you grow in your faith and live a more godly life.
  2. Look for opportunities to serve and help others. One way to build strong friendships is to look for opportunities to serve and support others. As you serve alongside others, you can build meaningful relationships and demonstrate the love of Christ.
  3. Seek out Christian community. Bring them to church, small group, or Bible study can provide opportunities to connect with other believers and develop lasting friendships.
  4. Be a good friend. In order to have good friends, it's important to be a good friend yourself. This means being supportive, kind, and reliable, and being willing to listen and offer words of encouragement and counsel when needed.
  5. Practice forgiveness. In any relationship, there will be times when misunderstandings or conflicts arise. It's important to practice forgiveness and seek to resolve conflicts in a biblical manner, following the guidance of passages such as Colossians 3:13: "Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."

I hope these suggestions are helpful in your pursuit of biblical friendships! Let's start bridging the gap between just "being" friends and start doing life together. Be the Christian influence they need.

Pastor Jody

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