|   Log In

Love

How YOU Can Be an Inspired Friend!

Happy PI Friendship Week! We are so excited to spend the week reflecting on our best pals and why we love them, and what makes a friendship an Inspired one!

As Christians, our friends are also our brothers and sisters in Christ. To live as Christ means to be there for our buddies and love them as Christ loves them, including inspiring them and being encouragers along the way. So what’s Inspired Friendship all about?

INSPIRED FRIENDSHIP MEANS:

1. To love as Christ loves us. 

Be there for your friends when they need a shoulder to cry on, a hand to help and an ear to listen. Just as Christ is there for us whenever we need Him. (John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2: 4-5, 1 John 4:9-11)

2. To encourage. 

Christ calls us to encourage one another.  (Ephesians 4:29, Hebrews 10:24-25)

3. To be in community with others. 

Experiencing faith isn’t a solitary thing; it is a community effort. Inspiring friends to be in community with you isn’t only a good thing…it’s a biblical thing! (Matthew 18:20, John 13:34-35, Romans 12:3-12:13)

4. To forgive. 

Let’s be honest–friendship isn’t always an easy road! But we must forgive our friends, just as Christ forgave us. (Daniel 9:9, Colossians 1:13-14, Matthew 6:9-15, Mark 11:25)

5. To uplift. 

Being a Christian isn’t always easy. We face the same hardships as everyone else. But friends can lift us up when we’re down and help us find renewal in our faith. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, James 5:13)

PI Girls, what does Inspired Friendship mean to you? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments below!

Image: iStockphoto | ThinkStock

POST A COMMENT

You must be logged in to post a comment.

9 Comments

  1. Wanda

    Posted by Wanda on October 7, 2013 at 01:55

    Inspired friendship to me means to have a friend who is going to be there for you in good times and bad times as well. Who encourage, who prays, who cares for you, who understands even the foolish things you say and do. I once got convicted by the Holy Spirit when my Childhood friend was in a very big problem. I was feeling kinda neglected by her when she chooses to be with her new friends over me i didn’t want to even see her anymore i was very sad and angry, well things happened to her and all her new friends weren’t there for her in the midst of a very big problem she faced, even i didn’t dare to go to her, all i could do is pray for her it was then the Holy Spirit convicted me of not being there for her and i cried for my best friend like i’ve never cried before so i went to her home, ask her for forgiveness talk things out with her and so it was after all that she realized that all those friends are just there when things are happy but when hard times comes they left her all alone. i Praise God He helped me to help her..

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by JessicaGrace on August 20, 2013 at 19:54

    To me, and Inspired Friend is a light to those around you. I recently spent a year apart from all of my friends when my family moved out of state. I returned to complete my senior year of high school, and I am living with a non-Christian family. I am really making my new home my mission field. I want people to be able to see Christ’s love in me.
    Also, my best friend of 10 years and I have been going through some pretty rough patches in our friendship recently. I am learning more and more every day about what it means to truly love our neighbors like Christ loves us.

  3. KPriorify

    Posted by KPriorify on August 18, 2013 at 20:52

    I don’t have a best friend right now. I have a close friend I can trust with things, but he’s a guy, so we don’t hang out as much as I’d like to, plus I kinda like him, and don’t wanna ruin things…

    • his98child

      Posted by his98child on August 20, 2013 at 08:39

      I am in the same situation right now. And every time I’ve seemed to be able to trust someone, they ended up betraying me somehow. But I’m patiently waiting for a true best friend, because I know that “the best of friends take the longest to make”.

    • MiSSFloYd

      Posted by MiSSFloYd on August 19, 2013 at 20:17

      i know how that feels 🙁

  4. hobbithobbithobbit52891

    Posted by hobbithobbithobbit52891 on August 18, 2013 at 18:42

    friendship is when you can laugh at her and with her at the same time and no one gets hurt 😀

  5. Posted by Nicole on August 18, 2013 at 17:27

    Inspired friendship means to me someone who wants to lift your spirits up when you are down and sad. Someone who wants to hang out with you when you aren’t feeling your best. My best friend of 11 years Christi is amazing!

  6. suzieq

    Posted by suzieq on August 18, 2013 at 16:55

    ok so many people wanna be good friends a real friend is with you all the time is there for you when u need her or him sometimes I had about 2 girl friends that were with me but one kept fighting for friendship just because u say your friends doesn’t mean you are friendship is where u can talk about things ,be there when u need them,go places together,cry together ,laugh and be goofy and keep secrets don’t let girls or guys to say there your friends just to say it you are a friend by commitment
    FRIENDSHIP IS A BIG COMMITMENT AND A BOND
    ALWAYS REMEBER THIS 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 <3

  7. Champ2343

    Posted by Champ2343 on August 18, 2013 at 13:10

    Thanks for the article! My best friends and I have been friends for 2 1/2 years. My best friend from hybrid school and I have been friends for 1 1/2 years! I love them so much! I’m so lucky to hav them! But my very best friend is Jesus! He will never leave me nor forsake me! He loves me just the way I am! 🙂