Scriptures: Proverbs 17:17, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, Matthew 11:18-19
We all need different types of friends: casual friends, close friends, work friends, social friends, hobby buddies and long time friends. A true friend is the person who knows a lot about you and still likes you. We all need friends.
Let's look at three principles of friendship:
1) Making friends: when we need friends we must realize that we have to be willing to take the first step in the relationship. We have to be quick to meet others, greet others and help others. A person who wants friends must first be friendly. We can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in people than we can in two years by trying to get other people interested in us. An important part of making friends is listening. Ask yourself the question: how often to I listen to the needs of others?
2) Keeping Friends: True friendship is a matter of giving as well as receiving. A good friend is able to keep confidences, remain loyal and shows warmth and affection. To keep friends we must be there, be helpful, be faithful, be loving and be supportive. If we want supportive relationships, we need to offer support to others.
3) Influencing Friends: Jesus was a friend to all people. We must learn to socialize with others and not exclude ourselves. Love goes a long way in influencing other people. We as Christians must desire to influence others for good and for the Lord. God has put us here not just to have friends, but for us to be friends. We all need good company in our lives and good friends makes the trip better, more enjoyable and easier.