What Type Of Friend Are You?

Psalm 35:14 “ I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother…”
 
A friend is someone that can make a difference in your life. A friend can either help you or hurt you depending on what kind of a friend they are. That is why choosing the right kind of friend is one of the most important things you can do as a young person.

A friend will love you enough to tell you the truth at all times. There will be times that a friend will have to make a decision to either try to not hurt your feelings or tell you the truth. The real friend will tell you the truth. Not only will a friend tell you the truth at all times, but a true friend will also be transparent. President Thomas Jefferson and a group of companions were traveling across the country on horseback. They arrived at a river, which had left its banks because of a recent downpour and had washed the bridge away. Each rider was to cross the dangerous river on horseback.

A stranger standing on the bank asked President Jefferson if he would take him across the river. The president agreed without hesitation. The man climbed on, and shortly thereafter the two of them made it safely to the other side. As the stranger slid off the back of the horse, a man in the group asked him, “Why did you ask the president to take you across the river?” The man was shocked, admitting he had no idea it was the president who helped him. “All I know,” he said, “Is that on some of your faces was written the answer ’No,’ and on his face was the answer ’Yes.’” Many times even our faces can show approval or disapproval.

 You can always tell what kind of a person someone is by the company that he or she keeps. Not only should you look for the right kind of friend, but you should look to be the right kind of friend! Teens all around you need a good influence in their lives and you can be that influence they need!
Pastor Mike Wells
Parkside Baptist Church | Mesquite, TX
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