God, You and Friendship! (‘Proverbs’ : Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times)

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Sermon on August 27 by Pastor Roland Eskinazi

Scripture:  Proverbs : Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

1. WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT FRIENDSHIP? (18:24; 17:17)

Friendship is unique – it is the only love that will not push itself upon you.

2. HOW CAN WE DISCOVER A FRIEND? (17: 17; 27:9)

‘Those who have nothing can share nothing. Those who going nowhere can have no fellow travelers’
(CS Lewis)

3. HOW CAN WE FORGE A FRIEND?

  • Constancy (25:17; 18:24)
    A true friend will not use you. If you want to forge a friend, make loving your friend an end, not a means to an end.
  • Carefulness (27:14; 25:20)
    Are you a friend who is in tune with your friend? True friends will connect with you emotionally.
  • Candour (27:5-6;29:5; 27:17)
    Be a friend who can be counted to give friendly wounds, rather than wounding kisses or hidden love (Joab, 2 Sam 18)

WHERE CAN WE GET POWER TO BE SUCH A FRIEND?
As we read these proverbs, all of us are left with a sense of longing and a sense of crushing.
Only Jesus meets this perfect picture of friendship.
It is through the Cross that Jesus lets us in – and by it that He will never let us down. (John 15:15)
Two applications:
i.    When Jesus has freed you up to be His friend, you will not fear rejection – and you won’t put your trust in the basket of human friendship.
ii.   Do not waste time working out who should be your friend. Rather be the friend you want to have. In the church God has chosen us for one another, and for the world.

 

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