Proverbs 18:24a “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly…”

Someone has said, “You meet people who forget you. You forget people you meet. But sometimes you meet those people you can’t forget. Those are your friends.” An old proverb defines a friend as: “One to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff, and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.”

How grateful we ought to be for our friends. However, I want to remind you that it is important – very important – that we choose and have the right kind of friends, especially as a Christian. Tennessee Williams said, “Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” I agree – for life is made up of the choices we make, and the choice of our friends is an important choice that makes the difference in the kind of person we are and become.

Maybe you have never thought of your friends as a critical part of your Christian life, but the kind of friends you have will make a difference in what kind of Christian you are and will be.

Pastor John Roberson

First Baptist Church | Clinton, IL