Friendships are redemptive. If God really loved us, wouldn’t he make our relationships conflict-free? I wish! But the fact of the matter is that the Lord’s primary purpose in our life is redemption.
When our sin, or our friend’s sin, is exposed, we have two options: run away or lean in. Do you hide in shame, defend yourself, shift the blame, criticize needlessly or harbor bitterness? Or do you confess your sin, seek forgiveness, speak truth, grant mercy, and encourage one another?
God’s design is that the trials of redeeming friendships will test and strengthen your faith. (James 1:2-4).
Don’t run away from these trials. Lean in and rejoice, even though you don’t feel like rejoicing!