A wide range of biblical examples express the importance of the need for godly fellowship.
The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.Proverbs 12:26
1.To strengthen in a time of despair:
Jonathan went to find David and encouraged him to stay strong in his faith in God. “Don’t be afraid,” Jonathan reassured him….You are going to be the king of Israel.1 Samuel 23:16,17
Jonathan strengthened his soul mate David in his troublesome wanderings, reminding him of the promises of God for his life. In our lives’ combat as well, when the pressure of the hardships seems to crumble us, Godly talks kindle the fire to advance to the desired horizon. No matter what this life throws at us, the power of comforting words of an ally in God stretches our faith boosting up to push on through the worst atrocities reminding God’s sovereignty.
2.To pray along and to pray for:
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.Ecclesiastes 4:9
King Nebuchadnezzar gave death sentence to all wise men of Babylonian who couldn’t tell his dream and its interpretations. To prevent this imputed slaughter, Daniel accepts the challenge asking for time to interpret. In that life-threatening moment, knowing that the Lord is the only help, Daniel, though a prayer warrior, urged his friends to stand with him to pray begging for God’s grace to disclose the dream. Miraculously, the mystery was revealed to him in a dream and as a result, all-wise men escaped the King’s punishment. And thus we understand the significance of such Godly associates.
3.To counsel right:
Where there is no [wise, intelligent] guidance, the people fall [and go off course like a ship without a helm],
But in the abundance of [wise and godly] counselors there is victory.Proverbs 11:14 Amp
Yes! their counsels preserve us from hidden and multiple dangers. That’s one of the reasons in the good old Bible times, kings who wanted to please God always had godly prophets as counselors( Isaiah for Hezekiah, Samuel for Saul and David). As long as they heeded them they flourished with victory on all grounds.
On the other hand, a true godly companion never takes pleasure to cover up or coat us when we err. Their correction and rebukes to fear the Lord rings constantly in our ears like a siren, cautioning throughout our lives to keep us on the right path.
Association with spiritually mature people has a greater impact on our lives as we observe their walk with God and their faith in Him. Inspired by their relationship with God, we try to adopt some of their life’s patterns(which will work for us) striving to get even closer to God. Moreover, their experiences would be our answers to many of our difficult situations and hence we can be more prudent to live a steadfast life without drifting away. Also, their footprints build our faith to press forward when our small peanut brain thinks that we are in a dead-end.
The Bible forewarns us of the consequences of the wrong fellowship that make us stumble.
A few examples are:
- Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul. -Proverbs 22:24,25
- He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed- Proverbs 13:20
- A companion of gluttons shames his father – Proverbs 28:7
- He that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough – Proverbs 28:19
- He hangs around with prostitutes, his wealth is wasted – Proverbs 29:3
- Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat – Proverbs 23:20
Let’s rely on God to provide godly fellows as our close mates/ mentors who can stand with us, to support, encourage, correct us in the Lord, and from whom we can learn to live a victorious unshakable life.