We have covered the outer circles of community, and we now find ourselves left with the two innermost people groups; the faithful and the few. With that, let’s get started.
As we look through scripture, it becomes clear rather quickly that God fully intended for us to create friendships and bonds which is made all the more evident through the life of Jesus. As I said in my post a few weeks ago in part two of the series Community, Jesus’ innermost circles, the faithful and the few, were his closest confidants and his friends.
I could make the extremely lengthy, but I am going to keep things simple and post a few qualifications to keep in mind when creating your inner circles.
Your faithful and few:
must be equally yolked with you (2 Corinthians 6:14).
should push you to grow closer to the Father (Proverbs 27:17).
seeks the Lord with all their heart (1 Chronicles 16:11).
should carry their own cross and deny themselves (Luke 9:23).
should give Godly advice (Proverbs 12:26).
must seek to serve others (Mark 9:35, Luke 6:31 ).
are loyal (Proverbs 17:17) and are always there (Proverbs 20:6).
brings joy to the heart (Proverbs 27:9).
should walk with wisdom (James 3:17, Proverbs 13:20).
should bring comfort to you (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
must be level-headed (Proverbs 22:24-25).
must speak with grace (Ephesians 4:29-32).
should see you for who you are and love you anyway (Proverbs 17:17).