Wednesday, 18 October 2017

What Kind of Friend Are You Online?

There are different kinds of friends in life, friends who comes into your life to stay when the going is good but leaves during your trying times; friends who are indeed good friends regardless of the situation and friends who betrays you into evil.
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There are some friends you'll meet on Facebook, later you get their Whatsapp contact and then you'll become best of friends.
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God brings people into your life and likewise the devil. And let me add this: not everyone that comes into your life will add value to you. Some would take valuable things from you while some, you'll deposit value in them.
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Where do you belong?
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Friend type 1: You only check on your friend when you're in dire need of financial or any other kind of help. You'd often tell them, "Please send me airtime, I want to make an important call". And after sending it like this, 'Fiam!', you disappear into the thin air. Kontinu, God's watching you with 4D.
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Friend type 2: You only send Broadcast messages without stopping by to say Hi.
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You will bombard your friend's phone with pictures and those threatening post or fake promising messages. "Send this to ten of your friends including me if I'm one of them and see what God will do for you in four hours time", Naso them too go dey do social media evangelism. Wetin cosign me, I go just waka pass and delete.
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Some will even send audio messages, "I am God, I know what you're passing through...send this to your friends to show you love them". Abeg when did God start doing voice over when He can speak through His servants? If you're guilty of this, abeg stop o!
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Friend type 3: Broadcast or no broadcast, you don't check on your friends for over six months or even a year. The only time you will check on them is during Christmas/New Year day. Are you a friend (In Jenifa's voice)?
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Friend type 4: You will chat late with your friend especially the opposite sex till the wee hours of the night and all your conversation is centered on sexual related matters.
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"Where are you?", "What are you doing?", "What are you wearing?", "Is there light?" "Are you cold?" and so on. And na this kain time those talk dey enter the soul well well and before you know it, erotic conversations, emotional bond and affection builds up before it then leads to premarital sex.
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But if na to read your book, Bible or pray for lengths, you go just enter voice mail. You better repent because whosoever sows to the flesh shall of the few reap corruption and whosoever sows to the spirit shall of the spirit reap life eternal.
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Friend type 5: You're a friend indeed. You sometimes send broadcast messages, you call when it occurs to you that it's been long you've heard from your friend.
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You don't demand help from your friends even if you're soaking Gari (Cassava flakes) because you don't want to be a burden to anyone. You may even help those that are less privileged that you know without their demand.
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Check the kind of friend you are or that you have online. Iron ought to sharpen iron. A man (friend) ought to sharpen the countenance of his friend. If your online friend or offline friend is making your life dull spiritually, mentally, academically, sexually and the likes, it's better you quit the relationship before they destroy you beyond repair.
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And if your own kind of friend is the "Give me, give me" type, change o! What else can you give to help your friend without destroying their life? Don't be a pest or operate a parasitic relationship with them, there’s nothing wrong in having a commensality kind of relationship. Sorry for taking you into Biology class.
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And if you don't know how to keep good friends, abeg change! We all learn to be the best we can be. The Bible talk say, "He that must have friends must show himself (herself) friendly". Friendship ought to be of mutual benefits, no be say you go dey chop chop without contributing anything.
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Finally, have you found a friend that sticks closer than a brother? He's not limited to social media because He's ever present. He's not a pest but a loving partner. Abeg, I know one friend of such and He is JESUS.
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Find a friend in Jesus and He will make your life a wonder!
© Oluwamayowa Adeniyi.

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