Saturday, March 3, 2018

Friends & Faith

Hi y'all! So today I'm going to be sharing something that has revolutionized my relationships with people. I love carrying on conversations and learning more about others, but I haven't been intentional in those relationships. I'm going to share today about how these relationships with your friends can strengthen your faith!

I genuinely do love people and I love learning about others and seeing how they perceive the world around us! I love being able to connect to others and share the same excitement over movies, songs, verses, etc. I'm currently a senior in high school and I haven't found my solid group of friends until now, and they're going to college with me next year. I didn't realize how much of an impact the people around us have until I looked at myself and noticed how I was acting. I was hanging around the "wrong crowd" and not putting my faith above all which made me slip and feel on edge. I've just now (at 17) found the people who encourage me, pray for me, and strengthen my faith and now I know how to be a better friend. I understand the importance of encouraging others and intentionally serving them and making them feel so so loved!! The reason I share this with you is that I want you to know how much your friends impact you and how you can make a difference in the lives of everyone around you.

To start off, The Bible says in Matthew 24:13 "But the one who endures to the end will be saved." So how can we endure to the end? We can develop these Christian relationships where we build each other up and hold one another accountable to the promises that God has set for each of us. Pray for each other and see what your friend needs.

The Bible also says in Ephesians 6:10-11 "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil." We can't fight the good fight of faith alone. Having these friendships and relationships with people who share the same values and beliefs with you enables you to then put on the full armor and fight the fight of faith together with someone who understands the trials you go through.

My favorite verse to pray over in my friendships and to always keep in the back of my mind is Proverbs 27:17 "As iron sharpens iron, one friend sharpens another." Are you being an encouragement to your friends? Are you intentionally seeking ways to better serve them? If you don't have someone that is sharpening you then set an example and sharpen others around you. The strength we are able to give our friends is not in us or about us, but in God. Always be thinking "what does my friend need and how can I serve them?" These intentional relationships require WORK and are definitely not easy, but they are so incredibly rewarding. 

Our soul purpose for being on this earth is to bring glory to God in everything we do. If we are serving our friends and helping them strengthen their hand in God then we are bringing glory to Him. We can build this idea into our lives and see the impact is will have on our friends today. Call your friend and ask how you can pray for them or take them out to a nice lunch and listen to their problems (no matter how big or small)! One thing I have loved doing for my friends is making them positive affirmation cards! I write little affirmations like "you are worthy of love" or "you are God's handi-work" that they can put up around their room to always remind them that they are loved.

It really is true when they say "the small things matter" because if we just do something simple for our friends to build them up and strengthen their faith then we are intentionally serving them and giving the glory to God!

I hope y'all enjoyed today's post and I love each and every one of you reading this and I'm always praying for you!

XOXO, Reagan