The foundation of friendship
Show me your FRIENDS and I’ll show you your FUTURE.
Proverbs 13:20 (NCV) Spend time with the wise and you will become wise, but the friends of fools will suffer. (or get in trouble)
List your 5 closest friends:
1.______________ 2.______________ 3.______________ 4.______________ 5.______________
Proverbs 17:17 (FSV) A friend is someone you may or may not know well who accepts your friend request on Facebook. This person is born to like and comment on your posts to make you feel good about yourself.
Proverbs 17:17 (NIV) A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
Why are friendships declining?
- Increasing work
- Rising divorce
- Explosion of social media.
Rediscovering the lost art of friendship
1) Be Present.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT) Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
2) Be Authentic.
James 5:16 (NLT) Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
We may impress people with our STRENGTHS, but we connect with people through our WEAKNESSES.