Prov. 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend.
Friends are good to have. Friends are people that come into our lives that we can lean on. They support us. They encourage us. They help us when we need correction. They defend us against those who would attack us. They love us and try to help us be better people. They do not drag us down or lead us into temptation. Everybody needs friends in their lives.
Friends are necessary for fellowship. We need to be able to spend time with friends and feed off their lives. We need to be able to relax with people who will accept us for who we are and not for who they think we should be. We need people in our lives who make us feel good about being with them.
We should be careful on our selection of friends. We need to befriend those who have good character that we can trust and it takes time to discern those whom we can really trust. Some people will appear to be our friends, but will disappoint us when things go wrong. Some people will betray our trust in them. Some will forsake us when it best serves themselves.
Just as you need genuine, dependable friends in your life, others you know need you to be a friend to them. They need to know that you can be depended on to be a help and not a hindrance to their lives.
Are you good friend material? Only a heart that stays connected to Christ can be counted on to be a true-blue friend. Only Christ can help us to do what is right before God and right by others. A person who is taking care of his soul will take care of others. The Lord needs us to be the real deal. There are people you know who need a godly person in their lives. You will either sharpen or dull the life of others. Stay spiritually sharp and you will sharpen others so that they in turn can sharpen others.