Inventory Your Relationships with Friends
"Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track." Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG
Thoughts for Today
This week so far we have considered taking inventory of our relationships with God and with our family. Another important area to audit is our relationships with friends. The Bible has much to say about being a good friend, choosing our friends wisely, and the value of friendship. Here are some suggested questions … again, add your own to the list.
Do I have any friends who help keep me accountable to making right choices?
Can my friends see Jesus in me?
Am I self-centered in my relationships, or do I really care about being a good friend?
Do I take offense too easily?
Am I forgiving when a friend hurts me?
Do I have any friends who are drawing me away from my walk with God?
Ask God to help you evaluate this area of your life honestly and to accept responsibility for any problems you discover.
Consider this …
Today we celebrate God's greatest expression of his love: coming to earth to live and die for us so that we might spend eternity with him. God loves you and wants only the best for you. He has a good plan for your life, but you can block that plan by making poor choices. Be encouraged to do things God's way. He loves you and he will guide you and help you through every step of your journey.
Father, help me to be a good friend. I pray that my friends can see Jesus in me. Help me to listen for your voice and to trust your guidance in the area of friendship--and in every area of my life. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …
Stepping into Freedom: A Christ-Centered Twelve-Step Program by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This twelve-step program is suggested for use in support groups, recovery groups and home groups. It offers help for anyone struggling with a life-controlling problem like drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual addiction, gambling or workaholism. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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