SUNDAY SERMON SUMMARY
Topic: Power Of Association
Sub-Topic: Your Social Relationship ( Friendship)
Bible Reference: Proverbs 18:24 “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”
A friend is your close associate, your partner which whom you do things together. A person you understand very much and share secret with each other.
Friendship is very important, but not everyone should be your close associate. Friendship can either build you or destroy you. It can either protect you or expose you.
Not every neighbor should be your friend.
Not every church member is qualified to be your friend. That the person is your classmate in school or colleague in your office is not an automatic qualification. You should be deliberate when choosing a Friend. It should neither be accidental nor incidental. The Bible says in 2cor 6:14 “Be ye not unqually yoked together with somebody that is not having your own kind of believe.” Don’t have any relationship with somebody that will not support you in your career. Proverbs 13:20 says “He that walketh with the wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” So if you walk or make friends with wise people, you will become wise; if you walk with fools your destiny will be destroyed.
Guildlines On How To Choose A Friend.
1. Let The Person Show That He Is Friendly: choose a person that will protect your interest even at your back, not a lip & eye service person.
2. Let Him/Her Love At All Times: Avoid friends who don’t love you or either care for you, but only come around when they are in need. Choose friends that will love you for who you are and help you to be successful in life, and avoid persons who are only using you. (Pro 17:17)
3. Both Of You Must Be Able To Share & Keep Each Other’s Secret: Friends are meant to share and protect each other’s secret . Avoid someone who can not confide in you, but wants you to confide in them. Avoid those who pester you with their advice, but don’t want you to advise them. ( John 15:15)
4. Choose A Friend that Can Be Profitable To Your Life: Choose a friend that can be helpful to you, either by making financial, physical or intelligent contribution to your life. Don’t surround yourself with friends that always collect from you, and don’t contribute anything to your life . Be careful because they can drag you down.
In your early life, you depend on your family. But in your adult life, you depend mostly on friends. Therefore, deliberately define Your Relationship With People.
Apst. Monty Abraham
New Glory Assembly