“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Proverbs 27:17
As we celebrate this week of Thanksgiving, I am reminded of how thankful I am for my best friend. This proverb could not describe our relationship more. I have walked with the Lord for more than 16 years and many good friends and acquaintances have come and gone. I believe everyone that crosses my path is ordered by the Lord, but some are around only for a season and I am thankful for those opportunities to be blessed by their friendship. But I am particularly thankful for my best friend of twenty-two years. Our relationship has been one of the greatest treasures in my life and especially in my walk with the Lord. Having a sister in Christ to encourage me, exhort me, pray for me, uplift me, and stand by me is truly the grace of God.
Regardless of what is going on in my life, I know I can pick up the phone and call, message, or text her and she will be there. My best friend is a single mom and battles cancer, but no matter what, she always lends an ear. She is truly a treasure. She not only encourages me, sisters, she will tell me if what I am doing, how I am acting, or what I am saying is not Christ-like. We want each other to be happy, but more than anything we want to see godliness in each other. I want her to live holy and she can say the same about me. She counsels me. She is loyal. It’s not about how many friends we have or how many are in our circle of influence; if you have one friend like this, thank the Lord for the grace He has shown you in bringing that friend into your life. And if not, seek and pray for a friend like that, sisters.
I praise you, Father, and thank You for the friendship you have given me.
What friend are you thankful for this week? Continue to sharpen each other like iron sharpens iron.