We are sometimes described as creatures of habit. Do our habits help us in our moving ahead spiritually — or hinder us?
I want to get better at spending time in God’s Word, at praying, and at developing an attitude of gratefulness. I find it easy to spend time alone with the Lord and I really want to share the Lord with others.
A sixth habit that most believers need to work on is developing friendships. Both with members of the family of God and with unbelievers. I love the quote that says, “True friendship is when you walk into their house and your WiFi connects automatically.” Plutarch’s statement is very practical: “I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.”
God’s Word has much to say about friendship. Notice these verses from the book of Proverbs:
The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.
There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 22:24–25 Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.
An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
Developing genuine friendships demands TIME! We must invest in the lives of others, asking them about their lives, their joys, their challenges. And then we must listen to what they tell us. I love the C.S.Lewis quote when he says, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” Please share below one aspect of your discipline of developing friendships. (to be continued)