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Positive Friendships

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“II Kings 2:2 NKJV- Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they went down to Bethel.

Have you ever asked yourself what friendship really means to you? Recently, I have been asking myself this question more. I have had my fair share of friends who come and go, new friends who then hurt me, and those who are halfway there. I have been telling myself, well, this is life when I am chronically ill, but that shouldn’t be the case.

God wants us to be surrounded by people who encourage, support, and love us through sickness and health. He wants us to be with people who truly do love us, and not only when we aren’t in a flare or in the hospital. God makes it equally clear that he doesn’t want us around those who are hurtful, destructive and bad influences. So why do we continue to surround ourselves with those who fall into the last category?

I know it can be hard to remove yourself from friends that we have been with for a while and we don’t want to hurt their feelings, but what is more important to you? Their feelings or God? Yes, I know it’s a big question, but it must be asked, especially if we are to live a life through God’s eyes and follow his word.

Finding my church has shown me what true friendship is, and these people I have known for over 6 months have shown more love than more than half of my friends who don’t attend church. Many of which I haven’t heard from in months, and that says a lot.

Let go of the friendships that are tearing you down and not leading you towards God and Christ. Pray to God to help you remove any negative people from your life and for the ability to become closer to healthy and uplifting people. Self care is very important, and having the friends that God wants for us will do so much towards your self care. I promise.

-Shanell

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