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Me and My Friends
Series: Building a Bridge to a Strong Christian Life
1 Corinthians 16:13, 15:33
1. THE DESIRE FOR CLOSE FRIENDS
A) The Building of Friendships
B) The Blessing of Friendships
2. THE DANGER OF CORRUPTIBLE FRIENDS
A) Friends that Cause a Spiritual Departure
B) Friends that Cause a Moral Decline
3. THE DEMAND FOR CHRISTIAN FRIENDS
A) Christian Friends Share the Same Values
B) Christian Friends Share the Same Vision
Someone has said, "You meet people who forget you. You forget people you meet. But sometimes you meet those people you can't forget. Those are your friends."
An Arabian Proverb defines a friend as: "One to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away."
A British publication once offered a prize for the best definition of a friend. Among the thousands of answers received were the following:
? "One who multiplies joys, divides grief, and whose honesty is inviolable."
? "One who understands our silence."
? "A volume of sympathy bound in cloth."
? "A watch that beats true for all time and never runs down."
The winning definition read: "A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out."
Friends are indeed a great blessing from God and a wonderful gift of life. How grateful we ought to be for our friends. However, I want to remind you that it is important -- very important -- that we choose and have the right kind of friends, especially as a Christian.
Tennessee Williams said, "Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose." I agree, for life is made of up of the choices we make and the choice of our friends is an important choice that makes the difference in the kind of person we are and become.
Over the past few weeks we have been thinking about bec ...
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