Who Are Our Friends?
- Date: May 10, 2010
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts." (Psalm 119:63)
- From Friends
Who are the friends we should be looking to? Those who God has put in our lives, those the sovereignty of God has put together as a people. Does that mean that we don't relate to other people? I'm not talking about those we're committed to, because friendship is commitment. You can't be committed to everybody or you're no good to anybody except yourself. You have become the networker. We see it's not by many friends. It's by intimate friends and the intimacy is dictated by God, in His sovereignty and His wisdom, not our own. We see that genuine friends love at all times. Proverbs 27:17 says, " Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." True friends help you with your attitude adjustments. The one thing that so many of us forget in Proverbs 27 is verse 6, "...the wounds of a friend," are so necessary. "Faithful," the Scripture says, "are these wounds." A friend is faithful to wound us by speaking words of chastening. Receive it for what it is. It's love. It's friendship. It's commitment. It's their obedience to the lordship of Jesus in our lives. Friends are there for no other reason, beloved, than to help us conform to the image of Jesus. Yes, they're there to encourage us and speak words of encouragement, but also to bring about instruction, reproof, and rebuke. Faithful are the wounds of a friend. We need to be thankful for it and for those who will tell us the truth.
Who is it that we need to be seeking as friends? Psalms 119:63, "I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts." Who is that you want to be around - - the ones that you can talk sports with, the ones that you can talk business with, the ones you can run and go shopping with and go play golf with, go to yard sales with? You need to be around those who fear God, of those who love and keep His commandments. Find out whoever it is that's most in pursuit of Jesus and hang out with those people. That's who you need to be around! We want to talk sports and set up our new Game Boy and do this and that and we want to watch a movie and all they want to do is talk about the Bible, talk about Jesus. "We'll call you guys when the fun's over!" Koinonia is not entertainment. Koinonia is edifying one another. Too many of us are more interested in being entertained than we are edified. True friends bring about edification. They prioritize the Word of God, prayer, holiness, and the eternal. If you've got friends in whom the temporal and entertainment out weigh the supernatural, spiritual, and eternal, you need to either be a good friend to them and help them get their lives back in balance or go find another friend. Because, in the day we're going into, two are better than one. One puts a thousand and two put ten thousand to flight. We're going into a war that many of us have never even imagined existed. Who's going to be standing at your side? Gideon's three hundred? Someone that's standing there and lapping the water or the guy that has his head down text messaging or checking the latest stock market or the latest games or the latest whatever or has some toy game, Avatar, whatever, thing going on. I want to tell you, the people who are preoccupied with all of that stuff are the ones who have their head in the water. God has no use for them. He'll save by the three hundred. Who are our friends?