Jesus chose twelve disciples to mentor for the establishment of the great commission. Among the twelve he had a close inner circle of three, Peter, James and John whom he confided in.
The hours approaching the crucifixion was a difficult time for Jesus where he struggled with the decision to suffer for mankind. In (Matthew 26) he traveled to Gethsemane. Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.” (Matthew 26:36-38)
There are people who will try to stay close to us because it meets a need for them. Do not share your inner thoughts and deepest desires with acquaintances but reserve your secrets for those closest to you who have earned your trust.
Set boundaries in relationships and be careful in those seasons when you are most vulnerable. It is during these times when we need people around us who are safe. These people should also be able to hold us accountable for decisions that we make and help to keep us grounded when times get difficult. Our inner circle should also challenge us to grow and bring out the best in us. Let us seek God about our relationships and close friendships and let God show us the people that we are able to keep close.