Do you know that person at your school? You know, the one who usually dresses in black, listens to ear-piercing music, and doesn’t care what you think? That’s my brother, my sister…You see, I’m a metalhead, and we stick together through thick and thin. We long for each and every concert, as our favorite band melts our faces off with the crash of the cymbal, the riff of a guitar, and the ear-splitting vocals–our bodies being crushed together at the front of the stage, hands raised in unison, and songs being shouted at the top of our lungs. There is something about music that stirs the soul and something about heavy metal that bonds together its followers. What about your group of friends? What are they like? Are you better becausae of them, and they because of you?

The Bible says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend” (Proverbs 27:17).

Authentic friends speak the truth to each other, even when it hurts. They hold each other accountable and lift each other up. Friends are willing to band together and take on all comers. They will stand for the truth and not allow division to enter the ranks. Friends make each other better.

True friendship is based on faith in each other and in God. With God in the middle, the closer you each grow to Him, the closer you’ll grow together, and the better your friendship with each other will become.

GET REAL

Work on sharpening your friendships. Place God in the middle of all your friendships, and pray that He will make them stronger.

Devotion by Chris Haidet, appearing in the book, Random Thoughts: Get Real with God, Others, and Yourself: A Devotional for Young Adults (Thrive) Paperback – by Steve Russo Day 65