Over the years, I’ve developed some very close friendships with guys that came from spending time together in casual conversation, doing recreation, and just good old-fashioned hanging out. These are guys with whom I have a lot in common and we often share the same set of values. They are good friends, sometimes very good friends.
However, a “God Buddy” friendship is like no other.
How is God Buddy Different?
In two of my opening posts here and here, I outlined a man’s need for some God Buddies. These God Buddy relationships (your “GBs” as I call them) are authentic, deep and genuine friendships instead of shallow acquaintances that so many people have these days.
Your GB is similar to a close friendship but it’s one that connects you both on a “soul level”. It’s a friendship that is very authentic, non-judgmental, and is accountable to a higher set of standards: God’s standards.
It’s a friendship that evolves but requires commitment and doesn’t happen overnight.
Principles of a God Buddy Relationship
Your “GB” relationship takes time to develop. In my opinion, this deep friendship is built on a solid foundation of several biblical principles, each of which I will detail in later posts.
- Bible study
Each of these traits helps create a solid foundation that ensures the friendship can weather many storms. This friendship is not a “one-way street” but one that benefits both of you with support and encouragement. Most importantly, it helps both you maintain high standards for your lives.
In my post Where Did All My Friends Go?, I described how our friendships come together in many ways. We start by choosing our friends in the neighborhood or at school. Others would come through association with other men, work acquaintances, or through dating and marriage.
Most Friendships Lack Depth
Friendships typically have varying degrees of connection and depth. These friendships usually come about by getting together as couples or around the activities of your children. It may come about by doing something you enjoy, either as individuals or as couples. But they often remain very superficial. These friendships come & go at any time. Usually, there is a gradual decay of importance due to the busyness of adulthood that does not allow any time and they no longer are a high priority.
Sharpening Each Other
The main difference is that a God Buddy friendship goes deeper committing time for the relationship and meaningful discussions about life’s struggles.
One of my favorite Bible verses is “As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17) because it epitomizes the God Buddy relationship. It provides Biblical insight and allows for a non-judgmental but often needed critique of your flaws. It breaks off refines weaknesses as you share best-practices about life. This wisdom or “sharpening” will help you avoid the same mistakes and make you better men.
What would you consider some of the flaws in today’s superficial relationships?
How are they different than a deeper God Buddy friendship?
Feel free to comment below.