A Friend to Cherish

One of the biggest challenges for teens in this society is finding good friendships, friendships that are good for you and build you up. The characteristics of you friends help to shape you into the person you will one day become. As Proverbs 13:20 says, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” Furthermore, because many young people deal with peer pressure from others they eventually disregard their authority. However, friendships built around God will help keep one’s eyes focused on God and not on the opinions of others. When you realize that you may have a friendship with someone out of the desire for attention, that is the time to find security in Jesus Christ because His grace and love for you will free you to love others more than self. One way to find a true friendship is to first determine the qualities you value and then look for those in the friends around you. Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend”. Find a friend who shares the same biblical world view as you do. Having an accountability to God protects us from leading double lives with our friendships. When you find a friend as loyal as Jonathan was to David, you know you have received a gift from God. A friend who speaks the truth and is honest no matter what the circumstances is a friend to cherish for the rest of your life.


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