Daily Delight

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. -Proverbs 27:17

"You become like the five people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully." I stumbled across this quote not too long ago and ever since, it's stuck with me. Who we spend our time with matters. I used to think I could spend time with whoever I wanted and stay who I was but history has shown me differently. Now I'm an adult and Godly community is a little harder to come by and I have to be even more intentional with the people I choose to spend time with. Each of us was made to be in relationship with God and with each other. As I think about the community I have now, I have noticed a few things that I believe each of us could use in our group of friends. 

First, find people that are loving. Loving towards people who look and sound different than they do. Find people that are loving towards people of differing ideologies and belief systems. Second, find people that will walk with you in hard times. Each is us needs people we can lean on in times of doubt, heartache, chaos, failure, and loss. Look for the people who will drudge through life's trenches with you. Third, don't be afraid to have friends who will tell you the truth, even when it hurts. Sure, being told what you want to hear all the time is easier but the Bible says wounds from a friend can be trusted (Prov.27:6). Lastly, find friends that will challenge you in your pursuit of the Lord. While we may be able to muster up enough energy and drive to pursue the Lord all on our own, sometimes we need people behind us who are going to champion us in our journey. 

As I look at this list of characteristics, I can't help but think of my friendship with Christ. Jesus was and is always loving towards all people. He never forsakes us in the valley. He is truth and everything He speaks has the power to change us. And most importantly, Jesus always made time for His Father in heaven and encouraged those around Him to do the same. My prayer is that we may be more like Jesus in our relationships but also that we may find communities that sharpen us so that we may start to become more and more like Christ.

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About the Author

Sarah Robinson≫ ≫Sarah, originally from Atlanta, currently teaching high school history in Nashville. Sarah loves all things cooking and playing hostess. She believes that something special happens when people gather together for a meal. Sarah believes in the value of deep, authentic relationships rooted in the love of God. She is a dreamer and envisions one day writing books, adopting precious babies, and feeding all who walk through her door. You can read some of her thoughts at itisforfreedom1@blogspot.com and check her on Instagram at @sarobinson13


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