Finding Friends

Finding Friends by Jim and Elizabeth George

As a Christian, you have a perfect friendship in Jesus Christ. God’s Son, Jesus, chose you to be His friend. Just as with His disciples, Jesus says about you: “You are My friends…I have called you friends” (John 15:14-15). With Jesus as your friend, you really don’t need anyone else.

But God also provides people with whom you can and should have friendships. Women you may meet at church are a natural starting point. Meeting women and making friends with those in your neighborhood might be another good starting point. Recently I spoke at a women’s conference in California, and while I was there, I spent time visiting with a former next-door neighbor. Although I hadn’t seen her in several decades, we picked up right where we had left off, before we both moved away so many years ago!

There are two other sources of friends that we often forget about. One is your parents. There is nothing weird about having your mom and dad as best friends. They are God’s gift to you. No one loves you more, or cares for your best interests more than your parents. Make it a goal—and put in the time, effort, and money—to develop a deeper level of friendship with your parents. Work on it today and every day. In later years you will be blessed and so glad you did.

Secondly, you also have friends in your brothers and sisters. As a child, you probably thought, Friends with my goofy brotherNo way!  or Friends with my pesky little sister? You’ve got to be kidding! But in truth, friends throughout life can come and go. You may stay in touch with some, but most of your friends will move on. But your family is just that—your family. They will always be there, especially if you work at building and maintaining friendships with them. And that goofy brother of yours is all grown up and perhaps not so goofy anymore. That pesky little sister is a woman with a family of her own. Find ways to connect with your family members, and your nieces and nephews!  Make an effort to stay tight and be friends with your family.

RESPOND:

Lord, help me to always see you as the most important friendship in my life. Help me to seek and develop other relationships as well, that are healthy, godly, and meaningful to both my life and theirs.

RENEWING RESOURCES:

Read A Woman’s Guide to Making Right Choices for more insight and encouragement for becoming a woman after God’s own heart.

REFLECT:

What can I do each day or week to connect with my parents or siblings? How can I grow and develop friendships with women who may already be in my life?

REMEMBER:

While Jesus is the best friend a believer will have, look for ways to grow friendship with your family members, neighbors, and fellow church-goers.


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Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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