July 15 Friends and Your Faith

Scripture reading: Ephesians 4:1–6

Key verse: Proverbs 16:18

Pride goes before destruction,

And a haughty spirit before a fall.

She hadn’t felt emotional pain like that in years. She was numb inside from the shock of such hurtful words. Forgiveness wasn’t the issue for her; she had already forgiven the offender. It wasn’t anger that kept the words replaying inside her mind; it was their horrible truth.

Today at school, another teacher asked her what was wrong. She said, “Oh, I’m just a little under the weather today.” After all, the teacher was just a casual acquaintance. Why should she dump it all on her?

At home that evening she realized something critical about herself. Her best friend called and immediately recognized the pain she was in. Still, she couldn’t bring herself to open up. Finally, she realized the reason behind her reluctance to seek support—she was too proud to admit she had a need.

Is that a portrait of your inner struggle when something is wrong? You may think that it’s easier to bear the pain than it is to show weakness or vulnerability. Sadly, that attitude prevents you from enjoying what God intended for you to experience, the comfort of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

If you are hurting today and your faith seems weak, go to a friend. Hiding the need doesn’t make it go away, and you’ll give someone else the opportunity to share with you.

Lord, when my faith is weak, help me to open up to others so they can strengthen me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 206). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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