Would we want someone in our inner circle of friends if that person 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. When I say “inner circle” I’m not meaning exclusivity, rather, a group like the original disciples of Christ—people we count on to carry out God’s divine purpose for our life. Those who are also committed to bring people in to God’s circle.

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–we might as well put 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’s 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, rather, they should be drawn to Christ by the strong sense of love they see in us. But, our best friends should be the ones who spiritually re-charge us and 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 sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” (Proverbs‬ ‭27:17‬) Truth and love for God forge steel bonds of friendship which cannot be broken by evil.

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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