Friendship can’t be ruled out in any facet of life. Animals in the forest communicate with each other not to talk of human beings created in the image of God. There are some examples found in the Bible:
Friendship between David and Jonathan
Jonathan was the son of Saul, the first king of Israel. David was the son of Jesse, a shepherd. David and Jonathan became friends after God helped David to kill Goliath of Gath (Philistine) as he lived in the house of King Saul, and married his daughter Jonathan and David became close when David was living in the palace. Jonathan gave David his robe, a bow, arrow and girdle for presents as a mark of their friendship. Jonathan chose David as his friend because he was a good boy. He was brave and he trusted in the lord.
The Friend at Midnight
Jesus told a parable about two friends, one of whom had a visitor in the middle of the night. The one with the visitor went to his friend and requested that he should give him three loaves of bread to feed his guest for he had nothing to offer to him. But his friend refused the request on the ground that he had gone to bed with his family. But because the friend who needed help persisted, he rose up and gave him the bread. The friend confessed to him that he did not attend to his request because of their friendship, but because of his persistence and disturbance.
From this story, we learnt that some friends are not kind and reliable, not willing to help when their help is seriously needed. They easily disappoint their friends. We should be careful and look for those with good friendship qualities. More importantly, Jesus wants us to understand, He is the best friend to have. He is more than a friend.
Qualities of Good Friends
- Trust in the lord
- Fear of the lord
- Reliability, etc.
The Result of Bad Friendship (Prov. 1:10; 2Thes. 3:6-13)
The Bible made it clear that “evil communication corrupts good manners”. This is true among all human but mostly influential on students. Having bad friends is a great danger because it is easier to influence human negatively than positively. Thus, it is easier for a criminal to influence his good friend than for a good boy to influence a criminal to become good boy.
Here are some characters found in bad friends: truancy, smoking, homosexual, lesbianism, prostitution, drinking, stealing, laziness, cultism, engaging in watching unethical video films and many more.
- We must learn to pray to God to help us choose friends who possess good qualities in life, like Jonathan.
- Some friends are not reliable and may disappoint us when we need help most, so we must be careful.
- We should learn to pray to God to help us avoid friends who are unreliable and can disappoint us.
- The evils of bad friendship can destroy our future to succeed and prosper in life.
- We must learn to pray to God to help us avoid the evils of bad friendship so as to succeed and prosper in.
- List five qualities of a good friend.
- List five characters found in bad friends.
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