'Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love.' Ephesians 4:2 NLT
Your peer group will probably have more influence on your actions than any other group of people. They are your friends, your enemies, your girl or boyfriend, your support network, your encouragers, your competition, and they are, very often, the people whose opinion counts most. You will wear what they wear, talk how they talk and do what they say. These relationships matter.
The people you choose to be your friends will have a massive impact on your life: so, choose your friends wisely. So often we hang out with those it's most convenient to see, but ask yourself this: that group may be convenient but are they good for you?
Friends should be there to love, to encourage, to support and to build you up. People who constantly knock you down and hinder your faith are not people you should be with. The apostle Paul wrote 'Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love' (Ephesians 4:2 NLT).
So what now? Make a list of some of the qualities that are important to you in a friendship. Now think about your current friendship group. Your challenge for today is to find a 'dream team'. Identify some people of any age who you know will be good for you and challenge you in the right way. They should be humble, gentle, patient and loving. Arrange to spend some time with those people! And remember, make sure you reflect the positive qualities you've written down!
Soulfood: Ex 1-3, Mark 16:1-8, Ps 63, Prov 25:26-28