Feb 11, 2008
He who fears God behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself. (Sir. 6:17)
Friendship is an important aspect in our lives as human beings. In Genesis, God says, “It is not good for man to be alone.” (Gn. 2:18) God created us as creatures with a need to interact with other people, to be part of a community. For this reason, friendship is very important. We share many of life’s most powerful experiences with our friends - from our moments of greatest joy to our times of deepest sorrow, our friends constitute an essential part of our lives.
Friendships are particularly important for college students. Freshmen starting college experience an entirely new level of independence – with no parents to hold us accountable for our actions, we start to make many of our own decisions as we journey into adulthood. Many of us arrive at school knowing few, if any, of our new peers. It is a fresh start and a new setting. As the weeks go by, we meet countless new acquaintances, and strangers slowly become friends.
Maintaining a strong faith in college is a real challenge. The friends that we choose will play a big role in determining whether our faith will stay strong or start to dwindle during our college years. Good friends will encourage and support us. They are friends who share our Christian morality; they are fighting the good fight alongside us, and they are striving for the same ultimate goal. Good friends are important to keep us accountable for our actions, to help us stand firm against temptation, and to give us encouragement and support in difficult times.