Friends are the best aren’t they? In this letter, Peter is constantly referring to the people he is writing to as his friends – it reminds me of how important our friends are. Having good friends to help and encourage you is really key in life – and being a good friend to others is equally important.
In a similar way to the rest of this passage, Peter is warning us about surrounding ourselves with the wrong kind of people. People who can lead us down the wrong path, that take you down rather than building you up. If you know someone in your life who is a bad influence on you, try to recognise that and be a good influence on them! Why not pray this week that with God’s help you can be a light to guide them and help them walk on a better path?
It can be tricky to find good supportive friends, but that’s the great thing about a Church community – friendship is such an important part of the Church life, and I personally have found some of my greatest friends through meeting people at Church. Ever heard of the expression two heads are better than one? As a group, we can accomplish so much more than on our own. So if you are struggling with something, why not share with a close friend you can trust? It’ll do you the world of good!
Dear Lord, thank you for friendships and for the friends that are in my life. Help me to be a good friend to others, and to be there when they need a helping hand. Amen.