This week we are studying about the importance of good friendships. As I ponder over these important principles, I am reminded of the many good friends God has placed in my life. Many of you reading this devotional are a part of that special group and I thank you for your friendship. I would not be who I am today without your support and influence.
Consider this passage of scripture on the importance of friendships.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
There are many benefits from having good friends. Today we will focus on three:
1) Good Friends Support Us
“For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.” (vs. 10)
We’re all going to have times when we are down. Sooner or later we’re all going to fall in some way. It may be physically, or emotionally, or perhaps even spiritually. During such times we need the support of good friends. Recently I was talking with someone who is sick. As we conversed together, they kept referring to the overwhelming support they were receiving from their church family. The Bible says – “A friend loves you all the time, and a brother helps in time of trouble.” Pr 17:17 NCV
2) Good Friends Motivate Us
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.” (vs. 9)
Have you ever noticed how Jesus sent His disciples out in pairs? (see Mk 6:7) Later, in the New Testament, we see the early church doing the same thing. (see Acts 13:1-3) Even the great Apostle Paul had his companions. Why is this so important?
Not only do good friends give us support, they also help to motivate us. The Bible says that two working together can get more accomplished than two can working alone. I know that’s true in my own life. I am willing to do almost anything if you are willing to come and help me.
3) Good Friends Help Hold Us Accountable
Good friends are more than just companions. Good friends are also counselors. Sometimes the criticism of a good friend may be hard to hear; yet if their words are spoken in love and for our good, such criticism can help us. The Bible says –
Proverbs 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love. 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful… 17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
A good friend is more than a luxury. A good friend is an essential ingredient for a strong and productive life.