Personal Friendship

 

Introduction:

 

Text: 

Selected Scriptures from Proverbs.

 

I.     Foolish Friends 27:3

 

II.    Faithful friends.  27:6

 

III.   Fortifying Friends.

 

IV.  Face-to-Face Friends.

 

V.   Forever Friends.

 

Conclusion:

 

 

Contact Friends.

Casual Friends.

Close Friends.

Committed Friends.

Pr 12: 26.

You can choose your friends

 

I.                  Foolish Friends 27:3

 3A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.

 

 

1:7

7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction

 

 Our Response to foolish people .

13:20  

20He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

 

27:22.

 22Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

 

II.               Faithful friends.  27:6

27:6

5Open rebuke is better than secret love. 6Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

 

The kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

 

 

26:23.

23Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd (clay jars) covered with silver dross.

24He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;  25When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.

 

23 Hiding hateful thoughts

behind smooth  talk

is like coating a clay pot

with a cheap glaze.

24 The pleasant talk

of an enemy

hides more evil plans

25 than can be counted—

so don’t believe a word!

26 Everyone will see through

those evil plans.    Contemporary Version

 

John A Rollings a friend General Grant.

 

 

III.            Fortifying Friends.  27:9

9Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.

 

George Elliot

 “Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts or measure words, but to pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep that which is worth keeping, and then with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away”.

 

The friendship of David and Jonathan

 

Dynamics for destruction

 

Jonathan was the son of Saul who hated David

David was about to take over from Saul

Jonathan was considered next in line for the crown

David loved Saul’s daughter

Saul used Jonathan and Micheal to Kill David.

 

I Sam. 18:1-3

1And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.  2And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. 3Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

 

I Sam. 20:17-23.;  23:16.

 

IV.           Face-to faces Friends.  27:17.

17Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

 

17A friendly discussion is as stimulating as the sparks that fly when iron strikes iron.

 

Romans 14 19.

19Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

 

 

Mal 3:16.

16Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

 

 

 

V.              Forever Friends.  27:10; 17:17; 18 24.

 

Song – Carlene Davis

 

27:10

10Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

 

17:17

17A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

 

18:24

24A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

 

 

There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

 

There not a friend like the lowly Jesus,

No not one, no not one.

None else can heal our soul’s diseases,

No not one, no not one.

 

Jesus knows all about our struggles

He will guide till the day is done.

There not a friend like the lowly Jesus,

No not one, no not one.

 

There is not a hour that He is not near us

No not one, no not one.

No night so dark that His Love cant cheer us

No not one, no not one.

 

Jesus knows all about our struggles

He will guide till the day is done.

There not a friend like the lowly Jesus,

No not one, no not one.