Would we invite someone into our inner circle of friends if they hated us, destroyed everything we built, used us, or constantly caused us misery? Common sense would say we wouldn’t, however, for a variety of reasons–we often do. Our inner circle of friends should begin with God because He is our purest friend. He gives us a Divine purpose. He has not called us to live in misery, mediocrity or failure. If our closest friends are liars, cheaters, envious, hateful, gossipers, lazy, hypocritical, lukewarm Christians, or anything which is opposed to God–they are a wrecking ball in our life. It’s not that we shouldn’t try to help them–but that’s different than having them in our inner circle.
Our inner circle is for friends we trust with everything important. What’s more important than our purpose to glorify God? If that’s our purpose, then, our closest friends are people with whom we pray and learn, we mutually encourage purity of mind, good works, and a healthy balance of spiritual and physical development. They are excited about spiritual victories. Their love isn’t conditional–it is dependable. The foundation of our inner circle is the friendship shared by the Father, Son and Spirit. Our closest friends should be those who also share the friendship of the Trinity.
This doesn’t mean we shut out the lost, because they are our mission field; however, they should not be our closest friends. Our best friends make us more Christ-like. If we want to live for the magnificent purpose God created within us, then our closest friends will be those who challenge us with truth, instead of dragging us into worldy mediocrity. The Bible says: “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” (Proverbs 27:17) Truth forges steel bonds of friendship which cannot be broken by evil. Our best friends are those with whom we share a common bond of friendship with God!
From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .