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Choosing Your Friends Wisely

Choosing Your Friends Wisely

  • September 5, 2017
  • PAUL LAZARIUS

I’m giving you a challenge today on the issue of choice of friends.

—The life of several people has been ruined by wrong choice of friends

—Not everyone is qualified to be your personal friend; not that they should be your enemy

—The friends you keep are an indicator to your character and life ambition

—As they say, “Show me your friends and I will tell you who are.”

—Two things we’re addressing in this challenge:

1.Kinds of persons you cannot befriend according to the Bible

2.The kind of persons that can be your friends

PERSONS/THINGS NEVER TO BEFRIEND

There are two sets of persons or things that the Bible discourages us from making our intimate friends. They are:

—Quick-tempered men (Prov. 22:24-25)

—The world (James 4:4): the system of the world, the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life constitute what James means by ‘the world’ here

KINDS OF PERSONS TO BEFRIEND

—Those that fear God (Psalm 119:63)

—Those that keep God’s precepts (Psalm 119:63b), which are the paths of righteousness (Prov. 2:20). ‘Precepts’ refer to divine mandates.

—Those that are wise (Prov. 13:20): cf. Prov. 2:10-11 for what wisdom can do for you

—Those with hearty/correct counsel (Prov. 27:9)

CONCLUSION

—We have been told two sets of persons or things we should never befriend and five kinds of persons that qualify to be our friends

—This challenge will be concluded on Wednesday with Five Tests of Friendship and Signs of True Friendship during the Breakthrough Hour. So let’s come that day to receive the concluding part that comes in the form of a teaching.

—Meanwhile, I charge you to choose your friends wisely

 

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