We took our second letter from the mailbox tonight and answered the student's question:
"How do you know if you have picked good friends?"
Big Idea: Friends will either make or break you in your relationship with God
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Did you pick good friends?
Friends don’t abandon you
10 Never abandon a friend—
Great example of a friend sticking by you:
But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.
Bad friends treat you badly.
They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.
A friend who is unreliable will get you messed up
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
What is their motivation?
Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.
Check out this verse:
Many seek favors from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts!
Not smart to be friends with a hot head
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered,
Break off the friendship if the friend is going in the wrong direction
10 My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!
You have picked good friends if:
Your friends strengthen your relationship with God.
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
They love you
17A friend loves at all times,
Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
Next week we will take a look at the friendship between David and Jonathon.
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