Choosing good friends and telling real friends from users/posers
John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friend."
Meditate On it
God has given us people in our lives to help us grow in Him and to teach us things. He has given us annoying people, maybe to teach us patience, love, and self-control. He has given us gossips to show us to watch what we say. He has given us sweet, godly friends to rebuke us, to love us, for someone to go to when we are sad, and to do fun stuff with!
God didn't make us so we can be happy all the time...He made us to glorify Himself. Yes, He does want us to enjoy life and have fun, but our primary purpose in life is to glorify Him and to tell others about Him.
Have you ever had a "friend" who only wanted to be your friend because you had clothes from Hollister or Abrocrombie and you had internet on your cell phone? Then your dad lost his job and you didn't have that stuff anymore, so they quit being your friend? That is not a true friend. Then, you have a friend, and you go through the same situation, but they love you exactly the same. They are a true friend, right? That's the type of friends you want. That is also they type of friend you wanna be.
God wants us to be a good friend, and to love everyone. Please take not I didn't say like everyone...I said love everyone. Make sure you are a true friend! Do to others...right?
I know God wants us to be a good, godly friend. You also need to have good, godly friends. Pray to God and ask Him to help you be this way. I have written a prayer below, but pray what is on your heart...but if what I wrote is on your heart...pray that!
God, I wanna be an amazing impact on my friends. I don' want to be a user. I want to be used by You, LORD. Help me to choose friends that you would choose. I want to be like You, Jesus. I love You! AMEN.
Think About it
1. Am I choosing good, godly friends? 2. Am I being a user of any of my friends? 3. Do I need to cut an relationships that are causing me to go against God, or evern my morals?