Show me your friend and I will tell you who you are. A lot of times we allow ourselves to be swindled by bad people. We mix with the wrong crowd and before we know it we are caught up doing the very things we prayed to God not to do. We find ourselves in places we hoped to not get to and we hit rock bottom. Times like these are when we know who our real friends are. People that will be with you and help you pick up the pieces of your life. The people that are there as a support and hold unto you even when you are letting go. The ones you once took advantage of and never really gave much thought of because they are always there. The true friends. They will tell you the bittersweet truth and not care how you take it because they will be there to see you through the reality that awaits. The ones that are rare to find and difficult to loose but once lost almost impossible to reclaim. "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." John 15 vs 13.
The types of people that impact you,
instead of dwelling on the people that will pull you down and hurt you. It is important to identify the ones that will be there for you.
Family: I love my family, wholeheartedly. They are very dear to me. However you never know the amazing impact your family has had or will have on you until you go through certain situations. You never know to what length a mother's love is until it is put to the test. Or how important the words of a Father's advice are until they are needed, or the support of a sibling until your back is pushed up against the wall. Their unconditional love becomes pillars behind you and you just know you can get through life.
A friend: A true friend is someone you can rely on and they can rely on you. Someone that is honest out of care not pity. Someone you can face challenges with and come out strong. Someone you respect and who respects you. Someone that adds value to your life, encourages you with words of wisdom and edifies you. A person that doesn't challenge you to compromise your faith or morals for degrading reasons. A person who will grow with you and pull you up when you are down and most importantly see your value even when you don't.
But the thing is even though these people are the best they can still let you down. Because we are all humans and we make mistakes. The only person we can truly look to without hesitation that will not let us down is God. He has given his life once before for us and he keeps taking us back over and over again.
What I am trying to say is people no matter how precious they are can let us down at one point or another. But a true friend even if he/she lets you down, will come back and atone for his/her sins. So don't give up on your true friends instead with prayer and patience support them. Do the best you can and move on. When they realise their faults and they will come back. This all a part of life.
However let go of the bad friends, remember "Blessed is the one, who does not walk in step with the wicked, or stand in the way that sinners take, or sit in the company of mockers". psalm 1 vs 1. If they change (truly) give them a chance. We are all aiming to be perfect.
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