(Ecclesiastes 4:10)- If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
A true friend is the one who is loving, who helps you find strength in God, who is loyal, concerned, helping, who is not after your wealth, Who will not corrupt your good morals, who will not seek to destroy you.
We need to pray for having Godly friends because they bring spiritual accountability to our lives. They are a good example for non believers. A true friend will be there through the good times and also the bad times. They will take God’s side in every situation; even if it disagrees with what we want to hear, they will say it, and they will always encourage us to be faithful to God. True friends are unselfish, Godly, and are incredible gifts from God. They stand by us in adversity, enter into our joy or our grief, intercede for our every need, standing by as our spiritual support. They are ready to help us even when no one else is. They pray with each other and they will openly rebuke us or correct us when we do wrong.
1 Corinthians 15:33
We can identify the wrong friends in our lives by their fruits. The bad friends are are filled with anger and bitterness, whose lifestyle, goals, teachings, and morals conflict with God’s word, who offers advice with wrong motives, who gossips, who is there only in good times and runs when you fall.
I always like to reflect on all of the “friendships” I’ve had in my life. Some are still there and some are not. Some I still talk to everyday and some I don’t. I had a friend who was really a “Negative Nancy” when I first started The Praying Woman blog . She discouraged me in every way possible. It seemed like every time we talked, it turned into an argument. She was constantly bringing up my past, things I did when I was unsaved. It was as if she wanted me to go back to being that person. I was always defending myself whenever I was around her. Until finally one Sunday Morning before getting ready for church, I prayed and asked God to shed some light on this situation. That morning, when I arrived at church I almost fainted in my chair when my pastor began to preach. The word was “What About Your Friends?”… CONFIRMATION!!! He said “You can still love a person and not love their sin. You don’t have to hang out with them everyday, talk on the phone, and act like everything’s okay!” I know that word was for me. It’s so amazing how you can pray and God answers just in the nick of time?