~Exodus 33:11-14 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle. And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation [is] thy people. And he said, My presence shall go [with thee], and I will give thee rest.
Friendship was originally designed by God – He knows that we need good friends in life. Being alone is no fun and it’s always much more pleasant when you can share your hopes and dreams with someone 🙂 Having one close friend is a God-send – having more than one Godly friend is a rarity. But before you can have a true Godly friendship, you must first be friends with God. Being born again is the first step. Being in His Word, is the second step. This step is where most people fail. They start out well, but they don’t end well. 😦
~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two [are] better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him [that is] alone when he falleth; for [he hath] not another to help him up.
So, what kind of friend are you, teen girl? Are you faithful to your friend? Are you there to help her when she’s down? Or do you talk about her to someone else? In many situations, it’s hard to have more than one friend at a time. This is the case when girls haven’t truly matured yet. Wisdom and experience bring maturity in a person.
Girls tend to be “catty” and will end up talking about the “third” girl when she’s not there. How sad is that? 😦 That’s definitely immature. Would you like to be the one that the girls talk about? Of course not! This is known as back stabbing. Today’s picture makes that clear, doesn’t it? Back stabbing certainly isn’t promoted in the Bible. Just because you think that your friend didn’t hear what you said doesn’t mean that she won’t hear about it from someone else.
~Proverbs 18:24 A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.
Maybe you’re not the one doing the back stabbing. Remember, if your friend is busy talking about someone else, she will also be talking about you in the same way. Surround yourself with good, Godly friends, teen girl. Whenever I heard that someone said unkind things about me, it broke my heart! I was crushed! As I grew older and matured in my thinking, I discovered that I brought these things on myself. I was the one who picked those friends. I was the one who continued in my relationship with them. Therefore, it was my own doing – my own fault.
I started surrounding myself with people whom I respected. I worked on being a good friend to them, rather than hoping that they would be a good friend to me. Proverbs 18:24 is a wonderful verse which shows us that we have to take that first step. 🙂 Be a good friend to someone – pray for her – do kind things for her – never talk behind her back. Show her that she can trust you no matter what.
The best thing a person can say about you is this: “I know she didn’t say that about me because I really know her.” You want people to rest assured that you would never talk behind their backs because of your character – because of your love for the Lord! Are you that kind of friend, teen girl? You should strive to be. God’s Word will bring maturity into your life but you must read it and study it 🙂