A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses. Proverbs 27:19 (TLB)
Our God is a relational God. After all, relationships are perfectly modeled within the Trinity—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. And since we are all made in his image, we are innately relational creatures as well. We all yearn to connect with other people.
Yet, many people are so hungry for relationships; they’re so desperate to have someone in their lives that they latch on to anybody. And out of that desperation for real community, they ultimately choose the wrong friends.
Choosing friends isn’t something that should be done at the drop of a hat. You can’t hope to just fall into great friendships. Developing quality friendships is intentional, not accidental. You’ve got to put some time and energy into finding great friends, because toxic relationships will burn your time; they’ll drain your energy.
But if you invest some serious time and energy into finding consistent and committed friends, those relationships will continue to re-energize your life; they’ll give you the octane you need to do life God’s way!
And the church gives us the best place to develop those quality relationships. The church is the context where our closest friendships should be played out. That’s where you can find people of character, commitment and consistency. So take the initiative to plug into great relationships at the church. Don’t invest your time in the wrong people. Instead, connect with quality people of commitment and consistency who can help you achieve God’s will for your life.