Relationships That Define Us
April 29/30, 2017
Friendly Quiz About Friends:
-When things go really sour and you feel lousy, do you have a friend you can tell? Y/N
-Do you have a friend you can express any honest thought to without fear of appearing foolish? Y/N
-Do you have a friend who will let you talk through a problem without giving you advice, and who will just be a sounding board? Y/N
-Do you have a friend who will take the risk to tell you that you are making bad decisions or using poor judgment? Y/N
-If you had a failure, do you know that your friend would stand with you? Y/N
-Is there a friend with whom you are facing life together, a friend to talk over the struggles of life which are unique to you? Y/N
-Do you have a friend you believe you can trust, that if you share confidential thoughts they will stay confidential? Y/N
-When you are vulnerable and transparent with your friend, are you convinced that person will not think less of you? Y/N
A real friend maintains loyalty.
A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17)
Four qualities of a loyal friend:
• They maintain a consistent defense before others. They take up for you when others take away from you.
• They have a genuine spirit of rejoicing with your accomplishments.
• They practice verbal restraint of intimate knowledge.
A perverse person stirs up dissension and a gossip separates close friends. (Proverbs 16:28)
• A loyal friend is someone who is tactfully honest.
Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. (Proverbs 27:5-6)
Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue. (Proverbs 28:23)
A real friend displays unselfishness.
– You can overstay your welcome.
Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house; too much of you, and he will hate you. (Proverbs 25:17)
– Another way people take advantage of friendship is to be insensitive to your mood.
If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor in the morning, it will be taken as a curse. (Proverbs 27:14)
Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on a wound, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart. (Proverbs 25:20)
Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbor and says, “I was only joking!” (Proverbs 26:18-19)
A real friend practices forgiveness.
Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. (Proverbs 17:9)
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
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