Acts 4:23, 24 (Amplified)
There is a story in Acts 4 that tells about the apostles getting into trouble with the religious leaders in Jerusalem for preaching the Gospel message. The religious leaders told them not to preach in the Name of Jesus anymore and they even threatened the apostles before they let them go. What is interesting is what happened next, the apostles went back to the group of believers that they were already a part of; the apostles had their own group of people that they could go to for help in their time of trouble.
Who do we turn to for support when we face a difficult situation? Who is it that we can rely on for help and wise counsel when there is a problem in our life? The answer to these questions will go a long way to determining what the outcome of our situation will be. If we have built good relationships with the right kind of people then we too will have our own godly group of people to support us and help us in our time of trouble. If we do not have good relationships with people who can help us, the people we do turn to may only be contributing to our downfall.
Everyone has relationships with people like their neighbors, co-workers, or even family members who may not always be as helpful and supportive as they could or should be. But, it is who we choose to build relationships with that is important. We need relationships with people who will build us up and not tear us down when problems come, people like the apostles own group who turned to God for the answer and did not just focus on the problem. If we look around and see that we don't have these kinds of friends then it is time to build some new relationships; we need to seek out good, godly people and build relationships with them. The apostles in the Book of Acts had these kinds of friends, what about us?