"DEVOTION ... STRUGGLES ... AND FAILURES"
"FRIENDSHIP: DO YOU HAVE ONE? ... WOULD YOU LIKE TO?"
I Samuel 18:1-9
May 2, 1993
In a recent nationwide survey of 30,000 people of all social
and economic classes it was learned that one out of every
four Americans suffer from loneliness. The loneliest of these
are under twenty-five years of age, and men are lonelier
than women. People are in need of having friendships.
I read this week that a friendly acquaintance is some one
you chat with about politics. Casual friends are people you
argue with about politics. But true blue friends do not talk
about politics because they have more important things to
talk about in life.
Radio preacher, author, and pastor Chuck Swindoll says that
there are four classifications of friendships. The first
classification is acqniintances which are people you have
infrequent contact with in life, shallow interaction, and most
things are superficial in the relationship. The second
classification is casual friends which you have a little more
contact with, you have common interests and are able to
ask questions to about their life. The third classification
is close friends in which you can share life goals and have
the freedom of asking personal questions. The fourth
classification is intimate friends with which you have regular
contact, a deep commitment to developing one another, the
freedom to criticize, encourage, and embrace. How would
you classify your various friendships in life today.
I believe there are two major hindrances to being, having,
and developing friendships:
* Both are unacceptable reasons in not being, having,
and developing friendships.
The message today is entitled, "Friendship: Do You Have
One? . . . Would You Like One?" I want to talk to you
today from this passage on the four marks of friendship.
Through these marks you will discover if you have a friend
and also discover what ...
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