“And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.“
— Hebrew 10:10
First, imagine the last time you laughed so much your sides hurt. Second, imagine a time you cried uncontrollably.
Each of those situations were caused by a person, weren’t they? Friendships have a massive effect on our emotions and experiences. From the side-splitting laughter to the heart-breaking sorrow, relationships play a major role in our lives.
This is why you must surround yourself with good people. What qualities make a good friend? Funny? Emotionally strong? Loyal? Good cook? Skilled photographer? Here’s a good one — do they push you closer to Jesus?
Hebrews 10:2 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,” The author of Hebrews encourages us to spur each other onward. What is a spur? When you imagine a western movie, these are the jingling attachments on the back of the cowboy’s boots. Spurs are those little metal hooks that horseback riders kick into the side of a horse to help them race forward faster. I am not an expert on horse piloting, but I read that spurs are only used as a last resort. You use them only when you absolutely need them.
Here is the thing about spurs — they are certainly uncomfortable. You need friends who are willing to get uncomfortable for you. Authentic community, just like spurs, is a little uncomfortable. However, it’s always in your best interest. If you want to move forward, you might need a little nudge.
Good friends spur you on by keeping you accountable, challenging you on your sin, praying with you, and talking about God with you. The right friends are a crucial ingredient in growing your faith.
Prioritize friends who will spur you towards Jesus. Awkward conversations take us to awesome destinations.