Friends

Ecclesiastes 4 offers some incredible insight about the benefit and necessity of friendships.  “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.  For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth for he hath not another to help him up.  Again, if two lie together, then they have heat:  but how can one be warm alone?  And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Ecclesiastes is not the only place in the Bible that discusses our friendships.  1 Corinthians 15:33, in the middle of the discussion of the transformed life we must live as a result of our risen Savior, warns us, “Be not deceived:  evil communications (companions) corrupt good manners (habits).”  The right kind of friendships will strengthen us, encourage us and build us up in the Lord.  The wrong friendships stifle our growth and shrivel our righteous habits.  In the second letter to the Corinthians God commands us, “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.”  A series of questions is then posed to show just how different the believer is from the unsaved.  We genuinely have nothing in common.

On the other hand, God has provided for us the avenue to have friendships with those whom we have much in common.  That avenue is through His church.  In the fellowship of those transformed by Christ we can develop relationships with ones who are not only like minded, but also are like recipients of His grace with a like end in store.  Let us search and find our friends in the midst of those with whom we truly have the most in common and who are most able to aid us as we engage the spiritual battle.

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