In conclusion to my series about true friendship in life, I want to talk about to the only true friend you will ever know – Jesus Christ.
I’m not just saying this, I have been through this – figuring out God as my friend.
Through a long and painful process I realized I needed Him as my ultimate friend. Because when He is our truest and perfect friend, our earthly friends will not disappoint us as much.
I’m not saying they won’t disappoint us at all – I’m just saying that if we know that He is the only perfect thing in our lives, our all and all, then we don’t look to our friends to fulfill that perfect friendship.
A year ago I was the girl that just wanted that one best friend, the person that could share my jokes, could go shopping with me – basically the one that would be there whenever I needed them and would do everything with me.
I looked for it everywhere, in every person I met or hung out with. I would always come away disappointed because they didn’t fit the bill of the best friend that I needed.
The more I searched, the more I felt like it was an impossible hope.
It got to the extreme where I was disappointed in the human race as a whole, and resigned myself into thinking that I was just not suppose to have friends. (Only slightly over dramatic, right?)
(That was the long and painful process I mentioned)
After months and months of feeling this way, I finally listened to what God was telling me – HE was the friend I had been wanting – HE is constantly with me, listening to all my problems, caring about what I face on a daily basis. He even gives advice about how to handle the situations in my life.
After this realization and starting to believe it day to day, I enjoyed the current friendships that I had in my life a whole lot more. See, I wasn’t looking to them to be the perfect friend anymore – I took them for what they were – my good friends; not my perfect friends.
Now, it’s one thing to realize this but it’s a whole different thing to believe and live it.
Some tips that helped me live it
1. Pray ALL the time. And I mean all the time. Constantly have conversations with God (that’s all praying is really). Just like talking with our friends builds relationship and makes us feel closer with them – so is prayer with building a relationship with Jesus. He is your best friend – so talk to your best friend.
2. Get to know Jesus – know His character. This means reading His word. Read and listen to Jesus speak – in print and in your heart.
3. Compare the qualities that you would want in your best friend, to qualities that Jesus possesses to see that He really can be the “best friend”.
Some verses to do that with:
Loves – John 3:16, John 15:12-15
Forgives – 1 John 1:9, Numbers 14:18a (NLT)
Gives advice – Psalm 32:8 (NLT)
Comforts you – John 14:27 (NLT)
~ Mikayla ✿
One way that really helps conversing with God is writing your prayer – almost like writing Him a letter. Here are some great pages that you can save, print, and use!
Check back here next Thursday for Caitlin’s first blog post for the month of August!
(Hint: it’s awesome, inspiring, and you can learn how to fishtail your hair!)
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