Healthy Friendships

MARCH 30TH, 2022      |     Friendships are a vital part of life. It’s important to cultivate healthy friendships.

Loyal friends accept each other unconditionally – “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need” (Proverbs 17:17 NLT).

True friends have each other’s back – “There are ‘friends’ who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24 NLT).

Helpful friends offer sound counsel – “Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel” (Proverbs 27:9 NKJV).

Arguments put barricades between friends – “An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars” (Proverbs 18:19 NLT).

Gossip divides friends – “A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends” (Proverbs 16:28 NLT).

Unruly friends are negative influences – “Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go, lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul” (Proverbs 22:24-25 NKJV).

In healthy relationships, each person pours into the lives of others; the commitment is not one sided. Remain loyal, nurturing, and keep Jesus the focal point of all relationships.

Healthy Friendships

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

–Galatians 6:9 NKJV

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

–Galatians 6:9 NKJV

Friendships are a vital part of life. It’s important to cultivate healthy friendships.Loyal friends accept each other unconditionally – “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need” (Proverbs 17:17 NLT).

True friends have each other’s back – “There are ‘friends’ who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24 NLT).

Helpful friends offer sound counsel – “Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel” (Proverbs 27:9 NKJV).

Arguments put barricades between friends – “An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars” (Proverbs 18:19 NLT).

Gossip divides friends – “A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends” (Proverbs 16:28 NLT).

Unruly friends are negative influences – “Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go, lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul” (Proverbs 22:24-25 NKJV).

In healthy relationships, each person pours into the lives of others; the commitment is not one sided. Remain loyal, nurturing, and keep Jesus the focal point of all relationships.

Thank God for the relationship you have with Him. Thank Him for the friendships He has brought into your life.

Pray for wisdom and discernment concerning the vital relationships in your life.

Barbara Alpert
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