“I’ll be praying for you everyday!” This is how many of my conversations have gone with one of my very close friends. We tell each other about our ideas and good times, but we also do our best to encourage each other throughout our everyday struggles. Praying for each other everyday is one of the ways we do just that.
There’s no such thing as a perfect, impeccable friendship. In fact, most every relationship has it’s flaws and regrets. However, through the shattered pieces, God can turn your friendships into something utterly amazing and beautiful.
That’s why I want to share with you 3 Ways to Deepen Your Friendships that have changed my life for the better.
1. Pray for each other.
When you seek God and keep Him at the center of your relationships, you will discover the true meaning of love, joy, and forgiveness that can only be found in Him. By praying for each other and seeking God’s will in all that we do, we fulfill God’s plan for our lives.
James 5:16 says, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of the righteous man [or woman] avails much.” When we confess our sins to each other, that gives God a chance to help us and heal us, which brings me to my next point.
2. Be honest with each other.
I know that this can be a hard one, but this is one of the greatest things about God-honoring friendships! We all do things we regret but, by God’s forgiveness and grace, we can become pure again. God tells us through James that if we confess our trespasses (mistakes) to each other for the purpose of prayer, we will be healed.
Of course God is the only one who can give us true forgiveness, but He has placed people in our lives so that we don’t have to go about life on our own. It says in Galatians 6:2, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” By being open and honest in your friendships, you can be an encouragement to your friends.
3. Always be loving.
Whether you’re in a bad mood, in the middle of a disagreement, or having a wonderful day; show your friends the love that God shows you. Proverbs 17:17 is my favorite verse about friendship! It says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
This doesn’t mean that if someone hurts you or does something wrong you should act like it’s totally fine. If it’s your place to tell your friend that something they did didn’t seem right, always do it in a loving manner. It’s not up to us to judge each other and make false assumptions.
God is the only one who knows what is truly in someone’s heart, we are here to share His love and offer godly counsel.
I love it when I know that I can count on my friends to encourage me when I’m feeling down. I want to share that blessing with others, too! Part of being loving and encouraging is making sure your available. If you want to have a deep and meaningful relationship, let your friends know that you’re here for them if they need anything. Whether it’s to talk, cry, pray, or simply just be together; this is an essential part to being a loving friend.
I hope you choose to put these into practice in your friendships!
I have received great blessings from putting these three things into action. My relationships have become so much more meaningful and uplifting than I could’ve ever imagined. God meant for friendship to be a beautiful thing and He can transform your life for the better, as He did mine.
What are your thoughts?
- Have you ever had a friendship that seemed kind of empty and effortless?
- What are some of the benefits you have gained from putting God at the center of your relationships?
- What is one verse that reminds you how to be a good friend?
Written by Kayla Marie of Embrace Purity
Don’t forget to check out my article about 5 Reasons to be Grateful This Thanksgiving!