June 29: Finding Godly Friendship (Proverbs 17:17)
A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity. (ESV)
A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs offers wisdom to God’s people in a fallen and broken world to live skillfully and joyfully in the fear of the Lord. One way this wisdom will be demonstrated is through the way that God’s people initiate and maintain friendships. Friendships are fundamental to our nature; we all have the need for strong friendships. And yet friendships are only beneficial to the extent that they reflect the wisdom of God. What is the state of your friendships? Do you want deeper friendships with those around you? Do you want to be a better friend to others? Read and consider the truths in Proverbs 17:17 and 18:24 to prepare yourself for God's wisdom in this important area of our lives.
Review and Apply
- Explain the difference between a friend and an acquaintance? How do you define a friend?
- With whom do you spend the most time and why? What tends to draw you to another for friendship?
- With whom do the proverbs caution against developing a friendship?
- What are some of the qualities to pursue in seeking a godly friendship?
- What pitfalls have you allowed to creep into your friendships?
- Give an example of speaking truth in love to a friend from your own life. What happened? Why?
- How is Jesus the ultimate friend? What do you do to cultivate a friendship with Jesus?
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