The Friendship Factor
Proverbs chapter seventeen and verse seventeen, the title of our message, THE FRIENDSHIP FACTOR, THE FRIENDSHIP FACTOR. Proverbs seventeen, seventeen says a friend loveth at all times and a brother is born for adversity. A friend loveth at all times and a brother is born for adversity. I don't know everything about you but I know one of the basic needs and longings of your life is for a friend, a real friend, a true friend. I want to talk to you about friends, what they're like, how to have a friend, how to be a friend, and then I want to talk to you about the friend of all friends, what a friend we have in Jesus and, and you know, many people have given definitions of friends. Erma Bombeck said a friend is somebody who doesn't go on a diet when you are fat. Somebody else said well, a friend is someone who knows about you and loves you just the same. Or somebody else says a true friend will go on liking you no matter how successful either of you become. On a serious note a friend is one who strengthens you with his prayers, blesses you with his love and encourages you with his hope or somebody else said a friend is one whom distance is no barrier to communication or to concern or to caring. A friend is someone who believes in you when you have ceased to believe in yourself. A friend is somebody who is on the scene when you need him and quietly leaves when you want to be left alone. Somebody else said a friend is someone who is there when you call and sometimes even before you call. Now, all of these are nice and some of them are very good thoughts, some of them are frivolous, but what does the bible say, what does the bible say about a friend, a real friend, a true friend, what is the friendship factor that we find in the word of God? You will be pleased, perhaps amazed to see that the bible places a great emphasis upon friends. And so, first of all, I want you to think with me on what I'm going to call the ...
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