Family and Relationships
Godly Friendship
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Apr 22, 2021

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In Ecclesiastes 4, Solomon saw loneliness and isolation and became discouraged. That is, until he discovered the power of godly companionship.

The Bible tells us that we are to encourage one another and carry one another's burdens.

Solomon wrote:

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one friend can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

The Bible tells us that we are to encourage one another, motivate one another, pray for one another, uphold one another, support one another, protect one another, and carry one another's burdens. As we read in Scripture: "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another" (Proverbs 27:17).

As Christians, we are called to love each other. In Proverbs 17:17, we read that "[a] friend loves at all times." In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends" (John 15:12-13).

Prayer: Father, I pray that You would put godly friends in my life. Guide me in my relationships and help me to be a good, godly friend to those around me. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24).

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