- Keene Church
Think about it, how many friends do you have? Most people will say that they only have a few. Friends can be one of the most difficult things to choose from because it comes with the responsibility of trusting and being there for another person. Real friendships will always be there for you even when you think that you’re alone or to pick you up when you think there’s no way back. The Bible is really clear when it says, “the heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.” (Proverbs 27:9)
Think of someone you consider a really good friend. Do they know what your weaknesses are? Or what your struggles are? Many might say that it is really hard to open up and admit that they are struggling with something, and they are right. Opening up and admitting to not knowing everything and to not having every strength comes with showing vulnerability. We might be scared of getting judged for being ‘too weak’ but let me tell you that God places people in our life to help us grow as it says in Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”
Make this week a challenge to find someone you can fully trust. Be willing to show vulnerability. You’d be surprised, you might even feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulder after you have shared a struggle with a friend. It feels good to know that you are not in it alone, that you have someone ready to uplift you as “the heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.” Are you scared that you don’t have someone to turn to? Someone to trust? Jesus will provide that special friend for you, but you have to be accepting of other people. Most importantly, don’t forget that you have that one person that you can always confide in, that will never fail you or judge you, that will always uplift you: Jesus.