As followers of Christ, we’re called to love and support each other through thick and thin, including being there for our friends when they need us most. After all, we often turn to our friends for comfort, advice, and encouragement.
The past few months have been a challenge for my family. But thankfully, God has sent reinforcements in the form of our good friends. I bawl daily, thinking about all the love and support we have received.
Now, I want to pay forward the love and support that they have given! So I thought of how my friends have given me encouragement and strength so I can reciprocate it to whoever needs it. Jot this down in case you want this too!
First things first – listen up! When friends struggle, they often need someone to hear them out. So let’s put down our phones, turn off the distractions, and give our friends our undivided attention. By actively listening and offering empathy, we can show our friends that we genuinely care about what they’re going through.
It’s not just about listening, though – we must show up and be there for our friends, whether in person or virtually. Sometimes, just knowing someone is there can make a difference. So let’s make time for our friends, whether grabbing coffee, going for a walk, or having a heart-to-heart conversation over the phone.
When our friends are going through a tough time, they may not always know what they need. Let’s offer specific ways we can help, whether bringing over a meal, watching their kids, or just listening. We can help our friends feel supported and cared for by taking action and showing up in tangible ways.
As Christians, we know the power of prayer. So let’s make sure we’re lifting our friends up in prayer when they ask for it and when they don’t. We can ask God to give them strength, comfort, and wisdom in their struggles. And we can pray that they would feel God’s love and presence.
We know that our hope and comfort come from Jesus, so let’s point our friends to Him, whether it’s through sharing scripture, praying with them, or just reminding them of God’s faithfulness. We can encourage our friends to seek God’s guidance and strength and remind them that they are never alone.
Let’s strive to be there for our friends lovingly and compassionately. By listening, being present, praying, offering help, and pointing them to Jesus, we can show our friends how much they mean to us. Love you, friends.