Darlene Schacht at Time-Warp Wife – April 17, 2013
Nothing holds the power to negatively influence our faith more than the people we are close to. Friends can lift you up, while others drag you down faster than you ever thought possible. But when we come to the place where we see our sin for what it really is, we also see the importance of guarding our heart and protecting it from wear and tear.
Water appears to be weak and conformable when we cup it in the palm of our hand, and yet it has a force powerful enough to erode stone. In fact it’s the key element that formed the grand canyon. My point being that people, like elements, carve lasting imprints into our lives, and therefore we need to choose our friends wisely.
I understand that everyone needs love and deserves our respect, but it’s important when cultivating intimate relationships that we surround ourselves with people who will sharpen our faith rather than wearing it down.
And if we are in fellowship with non believers, we might ask ourselves the questions:
- Is there a common interest we share that will glorify God?
- Does our friendship bring glory to God?
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