The Importance of Friendship


Friendships are a blessing. God brings people into our lives not by accident nor by coincidence.  We have friends for a reason, friends for a season and friends for a lifetime. All three types of friendship bless us in one way or another.  Sometimes people are brought into our lives for a reason or a season, so they can either teach us something or so they can learn something from us or perhaps both. Then there are friendships for a lifetime. Friendships endure the good, the bad and the ugly. Friendships encourage each other during the good times and lift each other up during the challenging times.

In 1 Samuel 18:1 it states “As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” Can you imagine having that type of connection with someone? God puts people in our paths exactly when we need them; He knows we need friends who will be there no matter what. He knows just the right time and place to put certain people in our lives to encourage us, to speak truth to us, to help us see the best in ourselves when we cannot.

God gave David, Jonathan to help him when he was weak, full of doubt, or depressed.  To help David see the best in himself and wanted the best for him. Don’t we all want a friend like Jonathan; a friend who believes in us; someone who will seek out God and pray for us; someone who wants the best for us.

Seek out friendships like that of David’s and Jonathan’s. Find those people who will build you up and be there in those challenging moments. Seek friends will love you to the top of the mountain and through the valleys. Seek friends who will laugh with you and who will cry with you.