From Pastor’s Thoughts: An Honest Friend

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An Honest Friend

Wednesday January 29th, 2020

It’s time to get honest with a friend. God did not design us to do life alone – we need friends to whom we can be accountable. We can respond much better with accountability. Accountability means, I will obey when you point out things in my life that need to change. We need someone to do the journey with us.

An honest friend tells the truth with love. We may not want to hear it but an honest friend knows you need to hear the truth and finds a way to do it in love. Struggling with unforgiveness, spiritual ailments of lust, hate, depression, jealousy or envy? First, be honest with yourself. Say I am struggling and I need help. Then, seek the help of an honest friend. Confess your faults and ask for prayer that you may be healed and restored (James 5:16).

You may say, but if I tell someone they may tell others about my faults. That’s true. Be guided by the Spirit as to who you can talk to about your situation. But what if I am ashamed that they will judge me? Proverbs 17:17 tells us a friend loves at all times. If you are afraid of being judged, pray, “Lord, lead me to the right person who can help me and not judge me”.

An honest friend is important in our Christian walk. A friend that walks beside us saying, “Is this God’s way?” A friend that sticks closer than a brother.