Flawed friendships

Anyone who’s had a friend in their lifetime knows what it’s like to be hurt, disappointed, let down.

Anyone who’s been a friend knows what it’s like to hurt. To disappoint. To let down.

It’s as if relationships are designed to reveal our flaws. Our quirks. Our weaknesses.

And point us towards the only One who’s flawless.

And when we’re satisfied in Him, we have more realistic expectations of the people in our lives.

When that aching abyss in us is filled by God, we stop putting them on pedestals.

We realise they are the icing – not the cake…


Dear Lord,
Thank you that you’re the “friend who sticks closer than a brother”, as Proverbs 18:24 says.
No one will ever match you as companion, Saviour, or Lord. You’re everything we need, all at once, for all time.
May we choose to rejoice in your goodness when we’re tempted to rehearse our disappointments.
May we find our security first and foremost in your arms.
And appreciate the beauty of the people you bring into our lives at just the right time.
Thank you for friendship, and thank you for being our best friend as well as our King.
In Jesus’ name we pray,


  1. So true Ali….
    As I look back at my life a lot of the testing, growing and learning has come through the relationships in my life.
    I have been angry at God at times because of friendships, confused at times because of friendships. But like you said, He is the only One we can depend on as a true friend. No matter how hard we try to be the kind of friends God calls us to we will slip up and fail.
    Great post Ali.

    1. Thanks Rolain.
      Yes, I can relate. It’s amazing how God uses people to help shape us, grow us, change us.
      Friends can be wonderful, and they can break our hearts (especially when our hearts are hungry)… but our God really is the perfect friend isn’t he…

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