by Marvin D. Patterson

Seven Keys To Strong Friendships
Marvin Patterson
Proverbs 11:13


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.''

I want to thank all of you for coming to be with us here at Grace Baptist Church on Friend Day! We have a lot of friends here this morning, and we hope that you sit back and enjoy the service.

One of the many vital areas of life is that of friendships. One of the biggest problems in our country today is the problem of loneliness. Dale Carnegie sold 15 million copes of ''How to win friends, and influence people.'' That is in large part because people want more friends. God even said of Adam in the Garden of Eden that it was not good for Adam to be alone. So God made Adam an helpmeet, or a wife. Her name was Eve. God said that two are better than one!

We all want good friends, and the way to have good friends is to be a good friend! The Book of Proverbs is packed with so many wonderful principles that will help strengthen and fortify all areas of friendships. We will look at seven key principles this morning that would be appropriate for ''Friend Day.'' To have strong friendships we must:


1-Keep the trust of your friend - Proverbs 11:13

13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

This is a very important aspect of friendship. The talebearer is a gossip who loves to spread the latest rumor. When you tell them something, they will promise that your secret is safe with them, but then they will turn around and get on the phone and spread it like wildfire! And they will usually say somet ...

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