Friends. Friendship. How sweet it is. It is a good thing to have good, honest friends in your life, or at least one. While we have many acquaintances, one good, honest friend is invaluable. What is your criteria for a good friend? What are your expectations for a friendship? The Bible tells us that for a person to have friends, he must first show himself friendly. Are you the kind of friend you would like to have?
How about trust, loyalty, steadfastness, honesty, forgiving, patient, kind, generous, humorous, encouraging, comforting, etc.? Then there are the interests in common that give us pleasure to do things together, to enjoy life in each other's presence. There are many things that make up a deep and intimate friendship; things we want and need, but things we must have our self before we will attract a friend like this.
Why don't we pause today and think about this. Think about who you are and what you offer as a friend. Are you demanding and controlling? Are you fussy and manipulating? Do you require more than you are willing to give out? Do you require all the attention? Do you do all the talking and decision making? Are you a good listener? Are you patient and kind? Do you take time to encourage and edify?
Remember, you get back what you give out.
What kind of friend are you?
- Pastor Sandi
Proverbs 12:26 "The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray."
Proverb 17:17 "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."
Proverb 18:24 "A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverb 27:6 "Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses."