We can find friends in many places… while in class, while at work, or while at different campus events. It may be hard to find true friendship, to find that person or that place in the friend group where you feel like you fit perfectly. As humans, we fall short with our friends, we get annoyed, lose our temper, or even lack basic consideration for one another.
A true friend is someone who helps you stand back up when you stumble and cautions you in the future. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 tells us, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” As Chrsitians we are called to encourage our friends to do good and become better versions of themselves in Christ, and take into account the encouragement of our friends. ALthough they are not perfect, true friends will encourage you in righteousness and stick close to you.
As Christians we are called to spread the gospel, but to also guard ourselves against bad company. 1 Corinthians 15:33 explains “Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.” We must be careful and considerate when choosing friends. Sometimes in life we reach a season in which we need to let a friendship go. It is hard and difficult to do, but we must find the line in each situation between guarding our hearts and reaching out to others.
Despite our status of friendship, we are called as Christians to love one another and forgive one another, just as Christ did when He forgave us. Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” We are called to follow Christ’s example.
Some friends may stay for a lifetime and others may stay in our lives for only a season, Although, we may never find the perfect friendship; we should cherish the times and the memories with the true friends God has placed in our lives during this season.