Your next friend may be a robot…

This headline in the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago caught my eye – I didn’t read the article but it started me thinking.

If my next friend was a robot what options would I request?
It would always encourage me.
It would never disagree with me.
It would laugh at all my jokes.
It would go anywhere with me.
It would remind me of the things I may forget.

Sound good?  Problem is a robot could not do what we need true friends for.
I want my friends to encourage me – with the gospel.
I want my friends to be willing to speak truth to me.
I want my friends to have a good grasp on joy and to encourage joy in my life. (I wouldn’t mind if they laughed at all my jokes)
I want my friends to challenge me to walk in godliness.
I want my friends to confront sin in my life.
I want my friendships to be mutually uplifting, challenging, transparent, loving, supportive, Christ-centered and God glorifying.

Who needs a robot-friend when real friends are made in the image of our Creator?


After serving 16 years full-time on the staff of America’s Keswick, Diane Hunt and her husband moved to North Carolina where she continues to serve part-time as a contributing writer and Partner Care Consultant.  She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at

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