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HOW TO BE A GOOD FRIEND jan 7 2007

HOW TO BE A GOOD FRIEND jan 7 2007

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How to Be a Good Friendzarahlim.jan 2007
HOW TO BE A GOOD FRIEND
Key Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
I.Anecdote
 After I graduated in High School, I was nervous with the thought of going to college because my friends and I will go to different schools and each with different courses.When my 1
st 
day in college came, I remember standing outside my classroom waiting for the last class to finish so I could go in. But as I stood there, people with unfamiliar faces kept milling about and I feluncomfortable. Being in a university is a long way from the small highschool where I graduated. Add to that, there was not even one familiar faceto brighten my mood.Fortunately, this girl came up to me and talked to me. She becamemy first friend in college, the 1
st 
person I knew in UST. Then seconds after she approached me, another girl came up to us and introduced herself. It turned out that we were classmates -- all 3 of us.That encounter really helped us get by our first day in college.Together, we were able to meet new people and gain new friends.
II.Introduction
Friends are important in our lives.
The saying “NO MAN IS AN ISLAND” is true because man is a socialbeing.
Friends help us get through tough times; times when we feeluncomfortable; times when we feel down.
III.Discussion starter:
1.Give an instance when a friend helped you during a difficult time.2.What qualities do you look for in a friend?(
dependable, loyal, faithful, caring, thoughtful, honest, good influence,etc.)
3.Do you possess the qualities that you want your friends to have?*FRIENDSHIP IS A MUTUAL PROCESS. IT IS ALSO A 2-WAY RELATIONSHIP.WHAT WE EXPECT OF OUR FRIENDS, WE MUST ALSO BE READY TO GIVE ITOURSELVES.
WALANG GAMITAN; WALANG PLASTIKAN!
 
How to Be a Good Friendzarahlim.jan 2007
IV.HOW TO BE A GOOD FRIEND:a.LOVE one another
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is
 patient 
 , love is
kind 
. It 
does not envy 
 , it 
does not boast 
 ,it is
not proud 
. It is
not rude
 , it is
not self-seeking
 , it is
not easily angered 
 , it 
keeps no record of wrongs
. Love
does not delight in evil 
but 
rejoices with the truth
. It 
always protects
 ,
always trusts
 ,
alwayshopes
 ,
always perseveres
.
Proverbs 17:17
 A friend 
loves at all times
 , and a brother is born for adversity.
b.Be TRUTHFUL to each other
Ephesians 4:25
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and 
 speak truthfully tohis neighbor 
 , for we are all members of one body.
WHAT IF THE TRUTH HURTS?
*Speak the truth in love.
Proverbs 27:6
Wounds from a friend can be trusted 
 , but an enemy multiplieskisses.-
Be careful how you say it. Be considerate of your friend’s feelings. Putyourself in your friend’s shoes.
-
Confront him/her privately.
c.Do not GOSSIP.
Proverbs 16:28
 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a
 gossip separates closefriends
.
V.Is there a PERFECT FRIEND?
YES! Proverbs 18:24 tells us “
…but there is a friend who sticks closer thana brother.
Also in John 15:13,
Greater love has no one than this, that HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.” 
Who is this perfect friend? JESUS! He loves us unconditionally. He iswaiting for us to come to him in repentance. There’s no need for us to waitfor us to be perfect – we can come to him
 just as we are
. He is ready andwilling to take away our pain. He will give us peace and joy that no one elsecan give. Most of all, he offers eternal life for us so that we can spendeternity with him. He already paid the price of our sins. All we have to do is

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