5 Things to Look For in a Friend
John 15:13-15 – (13) Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (14) You are my friends if you do what I command. (15) I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
1 Samuel 18:1-4 – (1) After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king’s son. There was an immediate bond of love between them, and they became the best of friends. (2) From that day on, Saul kept David with him and wouldn’t let him return home. (3) And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, because he loved him as he loved himself. (4) Jonathan sealed the pact by taking off his robe and giving it to David, together with his tunic, sword, bow, and belt.
1 Samuel 20:16-17 – (16) So Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, saying, “May the Lord destroy all your enemies!” (17) And Jonathan made David reaffirm his vow of friendship again, for Jonathan loved David as he loved himself.
Ask God to give you RIGHT FRIENDS.
Characteristics of a Right Friend
1. Be There
Luke 6:35 – Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.
2. Remember the Power of a Touch
Acts 9:17 – So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him…
3. Sometimes the Ministry of Presence is Stronger than Words
A faithful friend understands the power of a hug, and isn’t embarrassed to hold on to the hug.
4. Speak Right Words at the Right Time
Acts 9:17 (cont) – …and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 9:18 – Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.
5. Don’t Waver in Your Support and Encouragement
Acts 4:36 – There was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”).
Encouragement may be the greatest gift you could ever give.
Acts 11:25-26 – (25) Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul. (26) When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people.