We all have different personalities; God has created each of us uniquely. Some may feel that they are more introverted while others are more extroverted. But no matter how you categorize your personality, one thing is for sure: God created us for community; we weren’t meant to live life on our own.
The importance of godly friendships in a Christian’s life cannot be undervalued. In fact, Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” We need others to help us stay on track in our relationship with God and to keep our priorities on course, too. We all make mistakes sometimes; and if we don’t have a close, caring friend to point out how we’re slipping, we may eventually find ourselves in a really bad spot. Likewise, you could be that friend who challenges another believer to live more boldly for God and to courageously do what’s right.
When times of trouble come, relying on godly friends is invaluable. Proverbs 18:24 says, “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Going through problems alone is awful. But there’s a lot of comfort knowing that faithful friends will be there for you when you’re facing tough times. Likewise, you can also be there for them when they’re going through a rough situation.
Maybe making friends doesn’t come easily for you, so you just avoid it altogether. But the truth is, you’re missing out on one of the most powerful and fulfilling parts of the Christian life: doing life with other Christians. Don’t let fear stop you from experiencing the power of godly friendships. We all need to give and receive encouragement; we all need loving accountability. We were meant to sharpen each other in the body of Christ. We were meant to live life and enjoy meaningful relationships with other believers.