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Those around us are vital to our eventual accomplishments in life. God made us to enjoy fellowship, but whom we choose to fellowship with is in our hands. 1 Cor. 15:33 says that we should not be misled “Bad company corrupts good character” and therefore even with the best intentions, hanging around the wrong people will eventually have its toll. 

We are also called to be good friends, to love, to encourage and to uplift. We should understand that friendship and fellowship is at subject to the purpose of the Kingdom, and therefore our friendships should be built around similar values. Often its more comfortable to pull people down to a lower level of living, to relax and rest in friendships or as we often say ‘to just be ourselves’. Prov. 27:17 reminds us though “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”. We are called to better one another. 

Your friends are too important to pick by chance. You must be intentional. At church, and in uGroup you get to know the people who will support you and give you guidance in life. Through the uGroup system, closer relationships are built, and purpose is pursued together. 

This is the way the early church also did it. In Rom 1:12 Paul says, “that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Paul, although also teaching and leading in these churches, noted the importance of mutual connection that pushes one another forward. 

Build your life with intentionality in the pursuit of His Kingdom. God loves you, and he wants you to have friends that love you too.