Recommended Reading: Written from a Christian viewpoint, The Friendship Factor: How to Get Closer to the People You Care for provides very practical advice for being a better person and making and keeping friends.
I must admit that God has truly blessed me with some wonderful faithful friends. Friends who stick to your side through thick or thin and will not allow you to fail, no matter what comes your way. They really demonstrate the power of friendships. For a while, I have been going through some difficulty at work. I felt that I went there to learn a certain aspect of the job.
Yet, many months have passed and I have not learnt much because no training has been taking place. I have also felt some tension and, no matter how I try to understand and not add to it, the issues still abound.
Prayer changes people and situations
Today I had a moment where I thanked God that He has given me a better temperament to handle sticky situations. (I will admit this isn’t the easiest of things for me to deal with). I walked away from the difficulty and refused to allow it to dictate my response. Yet, I needed to vent.
So I conversed with a good friend of mine who has been going through the same things. I really was at the point of being totally disgusted with the person’s attitude. But my friend, like the daughter of Christ she is, reminded me of our position in Christ and that He has called us to be the light and the salt of the earth.
She encouraged me to pray for the situation and the person. She also advised me that it was prayer that had brought about the change in the person who was being difficult at work with her.
It was a hard pill to swallow. But it was the Word coming straight from the Lord that I needed to pay attention to.
After reflecting on what she said, I decided that, as difficult as it is, I will pray and ask God to bring a change in the person, so that the person can be a better boss and become more personable and so positively affect the department.A man of many companions comes to ruin but there's a friend who is closer than a brother. Click To Tweet
I thanked my friend for her Godly and timely advice.
I really thanked God that she was there, at the right time, to say a word of wisdom from heaven. This word brought about the necessary attitude adjustment in me to see it from that point of view. Now I did not feel like the victim in the situation.
A man of many companions may come to ruin but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Pro 18:24
After this decision, the Holy Spirit brought the account in the Bible of the four friends who broke open the roof of the man’s house that Jesus was in. Their friend was sick and they believed that Jesus would heal the friend (Mark 2).
I really think Jesus was impressed with their commitment to this friendship to a guy who was obviously very ill. It’s necessary to have these kinds of friendships in your life and for you to prove yourself a friend like this.
As you look into your life, do you see only people who are taking but not putting back into your life? Or friends that are leading you away from the Lord?
Then you need to distance yourself from those friends. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into the right friendships, where people can build you up and be a blessing to you, as you are to them.
Today make a commitment to become a friend like this and let the Holy Spirit bring friends like this into your life, Amen.