Friendship 3

IV. How will God carry you through to being a good friend?

  1. Jesus always lives to intercede for them. Heb 7:25
  2. And I will do whatever you ask for in my name. John 14:13
  3. The Counselor, the Spirit of truth will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:16-18
  4. The Spirit of truth will guide you into all truth. John 16:13
  5. The Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. Romans 8:27
  6. Jesus says, "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one." John 10:27-30
  7. And my God will fully supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19

say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, Titus 2:12

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Rom 1:2

God gives us advice on picking friends -

  1. Advice from God's Word -
    A righteous man is cautious in friendship, Prov 12:26
    The pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel. Pv 27:9
  2. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, Pv 27:6
    Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father, - better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away. Pv 27:10
    A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Pv 17:17

  3. Warning -
    An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment. Pv 18:1
  4. Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, Pv 22:24
    Gossip separates close friends. Pv 16:28

    He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. Pv 17:9

  5. Speaking of Jesus as a friend - He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend. Pv 22:11
    A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Pv 18:24

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Phil 2:1-4 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Col 2:2,3 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1Thess 5:11

Bag of Tricks

This is a basket of tools that help me be a good friend. Some to these you'll recognize. God has use for these things too!

Cookbook for the wonderful dinners we will share. Cookie cookbook, Yummy, something sweet to share!!
Note cards - for words of encouragement.
50 Foot tape measure. Wrap it all around myself, top to bottom, sides, … Oh, nooo, this just won't work! I just don't measure up!! I had better stop comparing! - toss the tape measure away.
Gloves on and "pull" a large plank of wood out of my eye - I've gotta get the plank out of my own eye first!
Good, here are some tweezers that I may need to help get the splinter out of my friend's eye.
Oh my - What's this?? This is what God uses on me!! I am not capable to use these things with my friend!!
A shovel God uses to dig out the weeds out of my own heart.
And Pruning sheers that God uses so frequently on me!!
What's this doing here? A Hammer - No, no - God never uses this, He never crushes my spirit. - Toss it far away.

Well, what else am I to bring to care for my friend -

I need this, make-up remover - I must make sure I am genuine and real with her. No masks, No phony baloney.
The Word of God - this is absolutely necessary!
Flashlight - It is a lamp to my feet and a light for my friend's path, too.
Washcloth - God says, the washing of the word is what'll help us both be holy unto Him. That's important. I need a good washing too!
Masking tape - Yes, I must bring this - before I run off at the mouth, I may have to use this!
Oh, Boy - Duct Tape - This is for when I am really lacking self-control!
Good, Kleenex to share for when we cry together.
Shoulder pads for my friend to lean on me.
This is a must, a kneeling pad. I will definitely need to pray for God's wisdom and guidance, and to intercede in our circumstances.
Last but not least, no visit is complete without this treasure! - A jewelry box, open and pull out a small screw. - We all need to have a screw loose, we need a good sense of humor!! We sure love to laugh!!

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