Just as food nourishes the body, friendship feeds the soul. This is the way we were created. Everyone has an early memory of their childhood friends or maybe even their first friend. At that tender age when we weren’t concerned with the cares of this world we can remember how laughing and playing with our friends just made life better. Well, when we mature into adulthood our circumstances change, but our need for friendship doesn’t.
Life is enormous to manage sometimes. The mortal reality that exists just outside the bubble we lived in during our youth requires us to tread over pretty rugged terrain. All the earthly responsibilities that accompany growing up and growing older can isolate us from the nourishing friendships we so richly need. In a sense, we end up “playing by ourselves”.
It’s important to realize how vital true friends are to our spiritual and emotional health, and how Christ-centered fellowship can breathe new life into us. The closer we walk with friends who are close to Jesus, the easier it will be to navigate hardships. Friends should enhance each other’s lives with joy, accountability, and agape love in the same way a good meal satisfies the belly and strengthens the body. Good friends are one of God’s greatest gifts.
“A merry heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22