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RULES OF FRIENDSHIP

Dear Reader,
I welcome you to this wonderful month and I am sure God has being revealing His wonders to you. Indeed, His grace and mercy shall come through for you this month and every of your desire shall be met with speed in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!
This month, I shall be discussing with you an important topic: Rules of Friendship. Everyone needs the company of others to journey through this earth successfully. You need people for companionship, support, advice and care. We all need to be loved and to show others love in return. However, there is also a need to choose your friends wisely. As someone rightly said, “The company you keep determines what accompanies you.” The Bible says:
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful (Psalm 1:1).
So, in other for you not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly or stand in the ways of sinners, you must have rules guiding your choice of friends. Rules are what guide you through life. A man without rule over his spirit is headed for destruction. As it is written:
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls (Proverbs 25:28).
However, in other to set a rule that help you make the right friend; you must know who a friend is and what it takes to have a good friendship. For a person to be classified as your friend, you must know that person well enough, share similar values and beliefs, learn and well as impart that person with knowledge and should be able to agree to a reasonable extent. Remember the Bible says:
Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3)
You can only agree with a person when your minds and way of life are compactable. That simply means, you must be who you want your friend to be. As it is understood that like begets like (Galatians 6:7). So, if you want a godly friend, then you must be godly yourself. This brings us to the first rule:
Be the friend you seek: The Bible says: A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). You cannot desire to make friends with people, when you appear hostile to them. People don’t get attracted to angry and aggressive people, but a person that is warm, caring and accommodating. So, if you seek to be loved by others, you must first show love to them and then, they would reciprocate that love to you.
Define your purpose: Your purpose for going into friendship with a person is the power that backs it up. Dr. Myles Munroe said: “When purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable.” Many people abuse their friendship with others for lack of purpose. At other times, they make friends with people that won’t lead them anywhere, because their understanding is misplaced. However, if your friendship is backed up by a purpose, you could easily tell if you are on the right track or if that relationship is pulling you down.
Having a friend is wonderful, but making friends with the right person or group of people is adventure that leads you greater, productive and profitable experiences. However, to be able to set the right standard for godly and profitable friendship, you need grace and this grace comes through the help of the Holy Spirit. You cannot receive the help of the Holy Spirit without first accepting Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour.
To accept Him right now, please say this prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. I believe You died for me and on the third day, You rose that I might be justified. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! You are now born-again and a child of God. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org; Or 07026385437 and 08141320204.
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