God-friendship is for God-worshipers; They are the ones he confides in. Do a favor and win a friend forever; nothing can untie that bond. When you find a friend, don’t outwear your welcome; show up at all hours and he’ll soon get fed up. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
Become friends with God; He’s already a friend with you. Psalm 25:14 ~ Proverb 18:19 ~ Proverb 25:17 ~Romans 12:15-16 ~ 2 Corinthians 5:20
This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. If you wake your friend in the early morning by shouting “Rise and shine!” It will sound to him more like a cursethan a blessing. God spoke with Moses face-to-face, as neighbors speak to one another.
Three of Job’s friends heard of all the trouble that had fallen on him. Each traveled from his own country–Eliphaz from Teman, Bildad from Shuhah, Zophar from Naamath–and went together to Job to keep him company and comfort him. When they first caught sight of him, they couldn’t believe what they saw–they hardly recognized him! They cried out in lament, ripped their robes, and dumped dirt on their heads as a sign of their grief. Then they sat with him on the ground. Seven days and nights they sat there without saying a word. They could see how rotten he felt, how deeply he was suffering.
The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. Hebrews 11:1
We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary–we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!Romans 5:3-5
FRIENDSHIP CAN BE PAINFUL This isn’t the neighborhood bully mocking me–I could take that. This isn’t a foreign devil spitting invective–I could tune that out. It’s you! We grew up together! You! My best friend! Those long hours of leisure as we walked arm in arm. Psalms 55:12-14
FRIENDS CAN BE GOOD SUPPORTS WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH Friends love through all kinds of weather. Proverbs 17:17
SOME FRIENDS CAN ALSO BE UNRELIABLE One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin.Proverbs 18:24
GOD IS A RELIABLE, SUPPORTIVE FRIEND IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES Scripture says: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. James 2:23
Proverbs 18:24 Even a man who has many companions can be destroyed. But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
I am a friend of God: It is unlike any other friendship I have ever been in. I trust Him completely and I know no matter what happens in my life, even when I get it wrong He will not let me down, criticize me or hurt me, Because He loves me, unconditionally.
Friendship involves loyalty. For many of us, we haven’t received a lot of that in the circles we have mixed in pre-recovery. But as Bob Dylan says “The times they are a changing.”
He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother and I am glad He calls me His friend.
Mental wellness comes from being around spiritually healthy people. Recovery is about learning from each other, encouraging each other and challenging each other to be all that God is calling us to be as individuals and as a group.