How do you build godly relationships?
What is a friend? A friend is someone who supports another person, friendship implies empathy, fondness, and a sense of community, in the Bible Proverb 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity”, NIV, so Godly friendship has a significant element of commitment in the relationship.
Even the best relationships go through difficult times, therefore trust and loyalty are necessary or the relationship is simply a polite acquaintance. A Godly friendship is unique; few people have many if any Godly friendships. A Godly friendship will more often than not take time to develop; it can’t be forced so it takes patience. It also requires a sense of tolerance, Godly friends, will put up with aspects of each other they might not with other people. I believe God puts us in this kind of relationship for the purpose of building each other up, and helping each other become what God intended them to be.
The Bible describes a unique and Godly friendship between David and Jonathan; David had married Jonathan’s sister, which is how they came to know each other. Jonathan was so loyal to David, he defied his father Saul, who hated David, by warning David when Saul was planning to have him killed.
Godly friendships are very special, they should be valued, nurtured and enjoyed as a gift and a blessing from God, they are a support system in difficult times, and they can enrich our lives far beyond what we can do by ourselves.
Ecclesiastes 4:10 says “If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” NIV.
If you have a relationship like I’ve described above, you are blessed and you are probably a blessing to them.