by Jeff Strite

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Why Can't We Just Be Friends (1 of 4)
Series: The Guard Rails of Life
Jeff Strite
Proverbs 13:20

(Comments before the scripture reading and prayer): This sermon series has been entitled ''The Guardrails of Life'' with the intention of exploring the guardrails God has set up for our lives to keep us from going off the road in our faith and crashing our lives and relationships. Today's sermon addresses one of the most prominent of God's guardrails.

OPEN: Some time back in Germany a couple of women were driving down the autobahn when they realized they were low on gas. So they pulled over to a gas station and the driver filled her car up with gas. But then she discovered that she did not have enough money to pay the bill. So she asked her friend to stay behind as a human deposit while she went to withdraw some extra cash.
A police spokesman in the German town of Muenchberg said, ''Unfortunately, the woman did not return.''
Two hours after the 20-year-old driver left, the gas station called the police who then questioned the stranded ''deposit'' before releasing her. At last report, the Police were investigating the driver on suspicion of fraud.

Now a question: how many of you would like to have a friend like that, that would leave you at the gas station? Me neither.
You could say that this so-called friend harmed the person she left behind. This woman she left behind suffered the loss of time, the embarrassment of having to talk to the police, and the humiliation of knowing that her friend had abandoned her.

Proverbs tells us there are friends like that.
There are people who will hurt us.
Proverbs 13:20 tells us ''… a companion of fools suffers harm.''

Now, why did that girl stay behind as a ''human deposit'' at the gas station?
Why allow herself to be stranded like that?
Well, she trusted her friend. She didn't expect to be left there. She expected that her friend would return and take her where she wanted to go.

The Bible repeatedly tel ...

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