We need relationships that are based on more than common interests; we need people who will encourage and build us up in our faith.
These kinds of friends give wise counsel based upon God’s Word. Their advice isn’t always comfortable, but it’s always beneficial. They’re not afraid to speak the truth, even if it’s painful to hear. When we’ve gotten off track, they lovingly confront us and point us in the right direction. If we encounter times of difficulty or suffering, they are by our side, encouraging us to trust the Lord as we walk through fiery trials.
Excerpt from InTouch Ministries Daily Devotional
As iron sharpens iron,
so a friend sharpens a friend
Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)