Personal friendships rank among some of the most rewarding and beneficial aspects of life. However, not all friendships are positive. Some friendships can be harmful to one's character and spiritual walk. The proverbs give timeless inspired advice concerning establishing and maintaining positive friendships.
Great Sermon! This is a crystal-clear, wonderful sermon that discusses a terrific way to think about friendships (and it's not just for youth): there should be something about them that challenges you personally, some ability or attitude that is better than yours so that they can sharpen your "dullness" and vice-versa. A friend isn't superior to you in everything, but when you make a friend, choose someone who can challenge you in some way because the character of your friend will afffect you!
"He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed."
Skim the cream from every man.
The right friend will seek to improve you. Real friends don't criticize just to be critical. A true friend gives counsel that's characterized b sweetness and earnestness.
"Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful."
This means that a true friend may hurt with the truth if he really cares. People who only tell you what you want to hear are not your friends.
There's A LOT more discussed in this sermon, I've only scratched the surface. Worth listening to the entire sermon no matter your age.
Pastor Monte, senior pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Avon, IN, was saved as a boy in January of his 8th grade school year, where he attended Fourth Baptist Christian Day School in Minneapolis. By 9th grade, the Lord had called him to preach under the ministry of his youth...