Why Friends Are Important

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday– write for five minutes on a one word prompt.  The prompt today is “friend.”

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“Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys,
and dividing our grief.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Friendship is one of the greatest gifts.  God said from the very start, “It is not good for man to be alone.”  (Genesis 2:18)  We were made for companionship, to share life together- both the good and the bad.

In God we have the ultimate friend- the friend who is always there, who will never abandon us, who cheers us on and encourages us to grow- but human friends are important too.

Even Jesus needed friends to travel with him, to share in his work, to support him and pray for him.

Choosing the right friends is important because our friendships influence us and bring transformation, either negative or positive: “The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.”  (Proverbs 12:26 NLT)

In the Bible we see people transformed by Jesus’ willingness to be a friend: the Samaritan woman by the well, Zacchaeus, other tax collectors and “sinners” who were looked down on and despised by others, but welcomed and loved by Jesus.

Today I’m grateful for the friendships that have transformed me, and are continuing to transform me.  After struggling with my church situation for a long time, I feel that now I am building good friendships with people in the new church plant I am part of.  It makes such a difference to know that there are people who care, who will text to ask how things are going, who make me feel safe to open up, knowing that I will be accepted, and who are fun to spend time with.

I’m also grateful for you, my online friends.  I didn’t expect to find such a wonderful, friendly community when I started blogging, and the encouragement and support I have found here has definitely motivated me to keep going.

Thank you for being good friends who encourage me with your kind comments and who teach me so much by sharing your own stories and insights, pointing me to God and encouraging me in living for him.

I thank God for you all.

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27 thoughts on “Why Friends Are Important

  1. What a wonderful thing to see how God brings us together! His plan transcends geographical distance and doctrinal lines. Thank you for sharing with us here, Lesley! You are a blessing to us all. 😉

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  2. “Even Jesus needed friends to travel with him, to share in his work, to support him and pray for him.” So true, something I need to remember as an introvert. Glad for online friends like you too, Lesley! Your #fmf neighbor this week.

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  3. Hi Lesley! Friendship is something I can take for granted, but always miss if I don’t have it in my life. I really appreciated your thoughts here, it reminded me of how I need to be a better friend to others, showing them the love of God, and my love too. I have one friend in mind, who has been so busy lately that now she is down with the flu. I need to be a cozy place of rest for her, dividing her sorrows.
    Thank you for your wisdom, I needed this.
    Ceil

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  4. Lesley,
    great words this week! You found friendship because you were willing to put yourself out here. And you are relatable. SO relatable. Half the time I think you read my mind. (Putting our link to abandon in the post??)
    Love you!
    -Tammy
    (#48 this week)

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    1. Thanks, Tammy. I’m so glad I stepped out to join with this community and that we’ve connected here. I agree, it feels like we think along the same lines a lot of the time and I’m grateful for your friendship. Love to you!

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