sermonette: Thank You For Being A Friend
Jesus Christ: The Source of True Friendship
Ted E. Bowling
Given 11-Jul-15; Sermon #1276s; 17 minutes
Ted Bowling, cuing in on the lyrics of Andrew Gold's song, Thank You For Being A Friend, compares biblical requirements for friendship, making the observation that true friendship is not just a casual relationship, but instead a deep commitment of trust, enabling the sharing of our deepest thoughts without fear of our confidences being spread all over Facebook the next morning. Friends support us unconditionally in trials, helping us to understand our faults and shortcomings, without assuming we have hopelessly botched up. The Scriptures set high standards for enduring friendships, whether we view the companionship of David with Jonathan, Abraham's friendship with God, or Christ's commitment to lay down His life for each of us. We should aspire to be willing to make the same kind of commitments in our friendships, sacrificing our time to encourage, bolster, admonish, and comfort a companion in need. Sometimes an encouraging word from a friend can work more powerfully than a prescription-strength anti-depressant. We need to assiduously cultivate our friendships, especially those within the body of Christ, reciprocating the love Christ has bestowed upon us.
Abraham as the friend of God Andrew Gold - Thank You For Being A Friend Lyrics Back-biting Christ as a friend one can depend upon Christ asked friends to pray with Him Cultivating friendships Divorces Faithfulness as friendship I Samuel 20 :17 Friend loves at all times Friendships can be enriched at the Feast Friendship James 5:16 John 15:13,14 Marriage as friendship Proverbs 17:17; 18:24; 27:6, 17 Source of friendship