by Steve Jones

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David, Real Friendship - Part I (5 of 32)
Series: David - Keeping It Real
Steve Jones
1 Samuel 18

Introduction: As his UCLA football team suffered through a poor season in the early 1970's, head coach Pepper Rodgers came under intense pressure and criticism from alumni and fans. Things got so BAD; he remembers with a smile, that friends became hard to find. He commented, ''My dog was my only true friend.'' He went on to say, ''I told my wife that every man needs at least two good friends, so she went ought and bought me another dog.''

Man that's cold. But one thing is true; we do NEED friends other than the dog. Friendship is God's idea and God's desire for our lives. Abraham's most endearing description is ''The friend of God.'' Solomon wrote in Proverbs 18:24 ''A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.''
Jesus said to his disciples, ''I no longer call you servants…instead I have called you friends'' John 15:15.
In his church letters the Apostle Paul used the term of endearment ''Dear friend'' no less than ten times.

We NEED dear Christian friends in our lives. I'm not talking about just adding someone to your ''friend'' list on Facebook. Some of you have HUNDREDS of friends on Facebook but you're not close with hardly any of them. In his book, ''Bonding,'' Dr. Donald Joy suggests that we need relationships in four areas to maintain health and balance. Those four areas are: first-degree relatives (immediate family); second-degree relatives (extended family); friends (life-long and present confidants); and associates (from work, clubs, recreation, etc). We should have at least four or five in each category. He pictures them as four sides of a trampoline and these relationships are holding your trampoline. If those relationships diminish too much we loose our balance emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically. We need good, strong, spiritual friendships.

The friendship of David and Jon ...

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