Who is Your Friend?

As humans, we are social beings and were created to interact with others around us. But these associations with people can either lead us into becoming better people or bring out the worst in us. When we surround ourselves with good people, they become our help in time of need or difficulty, our ladder to climb up, our bridge to crossover any “water” and our source of hope and encouragement when our faith is gone. And everyone needs this.

In our first reading we hear of the stoning of Paul. The people dragged him out of the city, supposing he was dead. But when the disciples gathered about him, he arose up and entered the city. The disciples became his new strength and renewed him at the face of death. This is a powerful and comforting image of the disciples coming to the help of Paul who is almost dead. Imagine if they were not there to physically help him.

In fact, it is God who gives us the ultimate help; for our help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He never abandons us in any situation, whether good or bad. Therefore, we need to always dwell in Him. But just like Paul, we need to be in the company of people who God can easily use to bring about His life-changing experiences in our lives and deliver us from the evil ploys of the evil one.

You should surround yourself with people who will tell your wrong to your face frankly and honestly and after that, encourage you to get up and move on; friends who will help you grow in God’s way and become a better person; not one’s to lead you along the wrong path.

Most importantly, we ourselves should seek to be true and honest support and help to those we associate with, protecting and lifting them up when they fall.
Lord, may You be by me always to help me up anytime I fall, and may I be a genuine and a true support for others who are also down.
(Acts 14:19-28; Ps. 145; Jn. 14:27-31a)


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