Pursue Healthy Relationships

We live in an age where we are more connected to people than ever before, while at the same time we are becoming an age where we are lonelier than we have ever been before. Loneliness is about the quality rather than the quantity of relationships that we have, so a person may have a lot of friends but still find that their needs for social contact are not met.
 
Biblical Example: Elijah and Elisha (2 Kings 2:1–14). This is a great picture of an important spiritual truth. Who we choose to follow will determine, to a large degree, who we become.
 
Show me your friends and I will show you your future. — Craig Groeschel See Proverbs 12:26.

Resolution #2: This year, I will pursue healthy relationships that inspire and influence me to become the best version of me.

 
We all need three types of friends in order to become the best version of you.

A friend to challenge you and call out your best.

Biblical Example: David and Samuel (1 Samuel 16). If you study David’s life, it becomes clear that the right people at the right time helped him to become the right man. David’s relationship with Samuel made David better. Do you have friends who make you better? People who call out your potential? Seek out friends who model something you don’t currently have but need in order to become a better version of you.

A friend to help you find strength in God and to grow in your faith.

Biblical Example: David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18-23). Jonathan helped David find strength in God when he needed it most. See 1 Samuel 23:15–18. Jonathan helped him find strength in God. There may not be a more valuable gesture one friend can make to another than pointing them toward God, encouraging them to seek his power, loving them toward God’s unending strength. Who helps you find strength in God? God already has that person ready for you.

A friend to tell you the truth, especially when you don’t want to hear it.

This is the type of friend that is most needed but hardest to find. Biblical Example: David and Nathan (2 Samuel 12). Many people around us tell us the things we want to hear, rather than helping us to see the truth. It’s difficult to find people who have our best interests at heart when we make decisions that are not in our own best interest. See Proverbs 27:5-6.
 
Which kind of friend do you need most in your life right now? Sociologists say that you eventually become the average of your five closest friends. Do you like what you are becoming right now? If not, you need to take a look at the people that you give the most open access and influence in your life. See Proverbs 13:20.
 
You may be one friendship away from changing your destiny if you’ll just decide to reach out and connect with the right people.