It seems like every time I pray for a “strong Christian” friend, it’s never answered. And I’ve started to wonder: why? Why has God never granted this wish?
Here’s what I’ve realized. I think that I have to stop asking for “strong Christian” friends because God places the people in our lives that he does for a reason. We can’t undermine those reasons by trying to drive off on our own road of how we might make our lives easier.
Is Christian fellowship wrong? Absolutely not. In fact, it’s essential.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
“For whoever does the will of my father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
So Christian friends aren’t just friends–they’re family. Like Jesus, we should consider them as our family, maybe even more so than our physical immediate family.
However, as I’ve stated that Christian fellowship isn’t bad, I believe that friendships with nonbelievers, if God provides a way for that to happen or calls us to do it, can also have wonderful results.
So many times I hear complaints about how terrible the world is getting and how awful and evil it is. With this comes the drive to seperate ourselves from it. But that’s not what we’re supposed to do. We’re in this world for a reason. Should we only decry the darkness and not use it to shine our light brighter?
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.…
We only see stars because of darkness.
All for now,