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*Some call it a quiet time. We call it a Vision Quest. This is a simple Bible study to help you along your journey of discovering God’s purpose for your life.

The world makes us think that the less people know us, the more they will like us, and the more confident we will be. On the contrary, what helps us grow more confident is having friends that know us inside and out, the good, the bad, the ugly, and still want to be our friends. This is why its important that we learn to get comfortable with closeness.

Our feelings of love for you have not stopped, but you have stopped your feelings of love for us. I speak to you as if you were my children. Do to us as we have done—open your hearts to us.

2 Corinthians 6:12-13

A sure way to get close with your friends is to open your heart to them. Opening your heart means more than just confessing sin. It also includes your desires, your dreams, your emotions, what you like and dont like. In essence, opening wide your heart means that there is an open window into your life.

Do you have friends that know everything about you?

Make a decision to reveal something new about yourself today to one of your friends.

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

Proverbs 27:17

Part of what makes a great relationship is the ability to make each other better. In order to do that, there may be conflict involved but the result is a closer more inspiring relationship with your friends.

How can you bring out the best out of your friends?

Pick a friend and for the next two weeks, help each other get better in one area of your

So brothers and sisters, be careful that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart that will turn you away from the living God. But encourage each other every day while it is “today.” Help each other so none of you will become hardened because sin has tricked you.

Hebrews 3:12-13

God says that its our responsibility to make sure we are doing well spiritually and connecting with God. Sin wants to trick us and make us believe that living a spiritual life is not worth it. We need help from our friends to inspire us to keep going.

Is there a friend that you know is going through a spiritual rough patch but haven’t helped out because you are afraid of how they might respond?

Make a decision to have a spiritual conversation with that person today and help them get faith in God.

I cry for you, my brother Jonathan. I enjoyed your friendship so much. Your love to me was wonderful…

2 Samuel 1:26

What endeared David to many people was that he dared to share his affection. We can often hold back for fear of not sounding tough or being made fun of, but people who have the closest relationships make affection a part of their conversations.

Have you ever told someone how much they mean to you?

Take some time to journal about your best friend. Write out in a paragraph what they mean to you and make a decision to share it with that person.

A friend loves you all the time, and a brother helps in time of trouble.

Proverbs 17:17

A true test of closeness in relationships is not whether you stick with the person when things are good but whether you are loyal to them when they are going through a rough time.

Is there someone you know who is going through a hard time and needs your support?

Make a decision to be in contact with that person today and see how you can support them.

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Bay Area Christian Church

This was created by a member of the Bay Area Christian Church team.