A Friend Loveth at All Times
TEXT: Proverbs 17:17, A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
INTRODUCTION: Have you ever thought about how many friends you really have? I mean true friends, not ''fair weather friends,'' not the ''here today and gone tomorrow'' kind of friends. I'm talking about friends who stick with you through thick and thin, friends you can trust, friends who will be there when you need them.
QUOTE: Someone once defined a true friend as ''someone who walks in when the whole world walks out.'' Do you have a friend like that?
QUOTE: Someone else has said that ''A friend is one who helps in time of need, he listens when we need to talk, he rejoices when we are honored and he is sad when we are discouraged. A friend is someone who laughs when we laugh and he cries when we cry.''
QUOTE: Thomas Fuller said, ''No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy.''
Jesus said a true ''friend loveth at all times.''
Allow me to take a few minutes this morning and identify some of the characteristics found in such a friend-a ''friend that loveth at all times.''
I. THE FAITHFULNESS OF A FRIEND
A. They are faithful to inspire us
Proverbs 27:17 says, As iron sharpeneth iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.''
1. Romans 12:6, lists many of the different gifts
imparted to us by the Holy Sprit, one of which is the gift of exhortation. One of the gifts God has given me is the gift of exhortation-the gift of encouraging someone to be their best. Why is that? It's because I know that people are often limited, only by their own of lack of motivation.
Most people have tremendous potential, if only someone would encourage them and inspire them to do more. Listen, be a friend and inspire someone to be their best.
a. I preached a sermon at Pensacola Christian
College some year ago. The three points to my message were:
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