Do you have a friend that sharpens you?
You confess to each other.
You pray for each other.
You challenge each other as you seek God in your own unique lives and circumstances.
You inspire and witness to each other.
Have you bared your soul?
Opened up your heart.
Loved through challenges?
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
I spent some time lately with a dear friend. We have known each other for almost 25 years.
Her friendship is such a blessing.
No matter how we change, or how many years pass between times when we see each other face to face- I know she will be my friend for as long as we both live.
I can tell her anything- and know my heart is safe in her hands. She loves me. She knows me.
It takes work to build a friendship like this- and the grace of God. Oh God is so good. I can’t thank Him enough for the blessing of a whole week with her.
Laughing, sharing late into the night (and early morning) about all that we are learning in life- the challenges we are facing.
We are not meant to live this life alone.
We need each other- to love, support, encourage, be held accountable.
23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Sometimes I need a kick in the butt. True friends don’t let you stay stuck- they push you- know how to “call you to the mat” in love.
We all need friends who will tell us the hard truth- who will not rationalize or help make excuses for lack of discipline when dealing with the sin in my life.
She has always been willing to talk about the hard stuff. And the deeper you go, the more you confess, share, reveal- the greater opportunity for God to work change in us.
There is power in confession- in being held accountable by brothers and sisters in the faith.
Let’s not be afraid to give and receive tough love. Be willing to hear criticism from those who love you.
We undermine the work of the enemy when we love each other in our weakness, when we bear each others burdens.
When we share from the heart.
Lord God, I thank you and praise you for my dear friend. For all the times she has held me, prayed for me, and loved me through the ups and downs of life. My heart feels so overwhelmed with gratitude as I remember all the precious times you have blessed us with. I feel humbled and honored to call her my friend. Lord, bless the women who have walked alongside us in this journey. May we be faithful friends- loving extravagantly and sharpening each other as we submit our lives into your hands. All praise and glory to our God. In Jesus Name, Amen.