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To varying degrees, those who influence us lead us in opposite directions. The foolish, who live their lives as if there is no God, will lead us to folly with devastating results. The wise, who live in reverent obedience to the Lord, will lead us to wisdom with good results. This timeless truth was exemplified by Jesus, most notably through His relationship with Peter. For, under Jesus' leadership, Peter learned humility, grace, and disciplined courage. Thus, as a wise and powerful influence, Jesus showed that He is a friend of sinners. So, APPRECIATE THE POWER OF INFLUENCE. Eliminate foolish influences. Walk with the wise. Wisely influence others.
When someone is going the wrong way, one who loves will rebuke while one who hates will affirm. Jesus embodied this timeless truth through a timely rebuke of His disciples' vision concerning His mission and the subject of greatness. So, as imitators of Jesus, by the God's grace, treasure a timely rebuke: From the Lord, From Others, and Towards Others.
It is in difficult times, when friendship is messy and costly, that we need true friends the most, and our friends need us the most. In Proverbs 17:17, we learn the principle that, when life is hard, true friends are there. Indeed, adversity even has a way of revealing who one's true friends really are. This principle was exempified by Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. For, in our greatest need, Jesus showed He is a freind of sinners. When we were dead in our sins, Jesus loved us by choosing to die for us. So, as imitators of Christ and by the grace of God at work in you by the Spirit, draw near when life is hard. Draw near to Jesus, your faithful friend. Draw near to others, both in your own personal need and in their need, too.
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David and Jonathon demonstrate great friendship particularly how they had an unselfish love for one another and looked out for the best interests of one another. They support one another and demonstrate what a covenant relationship looks like among the people of God.