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A Few Verses About Friends

Proverbs 6:3

Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
What do we need to do with our friends? We need to be humble, and we need to "make sure" of our friends.

18:24 It says that a friend is close.

In order to have friends, you must be a friend to other people, first. Not only must you be a friend, you must show it. Open rebuke is better than secret Love. Display it. Be open.

22:24 You shouldn't be friends with just anybody! Here's a serious warning not to be friends with an angry person.

27:5,6 Sometimes when your friend says something to you because he cares about you, it hurts. It's better for your friend to say and do the hard things because he cares. An enemy could act friendly and comfortable, but be deceiving you. Remember Judas.

If you really care about someone, as their friend, sometimes you need to be willing to rebuke them even if it will hurt.

v10

Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: [for] better [is] a neighbour [that is] near than a brother far off.
Do not forsake your friend.

v17

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
We've heard the popular saying, "Iron sharpens iron." But did you know that when it's really true, is in the case of 2 friends?

28:21a

To have respect of persons [is] not good...
There are these things in this world, called "best friends," and "clubs." Look at the first part of this verse. We need to be sure we aren't treating some people better than others. We shouldn't be "respecters of persons."

Especially listen, children! if you have a special club or group with certain people in, and leave others out, that's not kind. And if you always talk to and play with the same 1 person, or few people, and ignore or even tease other people, that's being "a respecter of persons," and that's not good.

John 15:13-15

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

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