In recent times I have found myself reflecting on the power and importance of friendships. More specifically, Christian friendships.
I pose that there is a deep and life changing power in Christian friendships.
When I say this, I am less concerned with the fact that each person goes to church and professes Christianity. But rather, it is in the active pursuit of a Christlike life that the power resides. I have learned that when you surround yourself with people who are striving to be Christlike (and not religious, churchy, or legalistic) just as you are, then you are more inclined to grow in your relationship with Christ.
A true and meaningful friendship should push you to become what God has enabled you to be. True friends pray for each other, hold each other accountable, encourage each other, and lovingly correct each other. And I want to suggest that any relationship that does not help you grow more into the image of Christ is unhealthy.
Now, I am not the expert on friendships. However, I have learned that you become like who and what you surround yourself with.
If I can tell a quick story,
When I was in middle school I went to band camp for 2 years. And it was at band camp that I had my first real encounter with people from different ethnic backgrounds. And one day while on the phone with my sister, I began to say and even pronounce things in a way that was unusual to my ethnic background (specifically in my use of slang and rhetoric). And in this moment I realized that I was becoming like the people I surrounded myself with.
All this to say, if you want to become more like Christ, then you ought to surround yourself with like minded people. And when you meet other Christians who are actively and genuinely pursuing Christ, I encourage you to be intentional and invest in these friendships.
Your friends should push you forward into destiny and not backwards into history.