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For each of you graduates, a whole new world beckons for your attention and life will never ever be quite the same. Dressing for success, putting the extra time in, making positive first impressions, and communicating well will become the expected norm. You graduates will have numerous opportunities to test your wings, experiment in new surroundings, discover what really excites you and yes, experience loneliness and failure. But graduate, as a believer in an unbelieving world, how will you and how should you respond? Many will be the questions from the world around you. Sufficient will be the answers from the Word of God dwelling in you!
On the surface, Solomon simply provides some sage advice about honey that one may happen upon unexpectedly. If you eat too much of it all at once, you'll get sick. So, enjoy your honey, but know your limits. Of course, by Solomon's time, honey had become a stock image for anything that was good and pleasurable. Thus, we might rephrase this proverb, as follows: The pleasures of this life should be enjoyed in moderation, because too much of a good pleasure leads to bad consequences. This principle is applied elsewhere in Scripture with respect to other good gifts from the Lord, including friendship, wine and food, work and wealth, family, and sleep. Yet, we must be careful to recognize that this proverbs is not teaching, "Everything in moderation." Indeed, the Scriptures point to some things (e.g. sin) that should be avoided altogether, while other things (e.g. loving the Lord and others) that should be done in excess. However, with respect to the pleasures of this life, the exhortation of this proverb is clear. Keep pleasures in their place. Enjoy them, but don't overindulge or overpursue. Instead, we find elsewhere in Scripture, that we must keep the Lord and His Kingdom as the main thing. When we do that, we will enjoy the pleasures of this life as they were meant to be enjoyed. We will even find that the pleasures of this life can become arenas and vehicles for carrying out the mission to which we are called.
Through an amazing set of circumstances, the Apostle Paul had an opportunity to write to a friend and request a big favor. In doing so, he also teaches us something about how to be a good friend in Christ.
David and Jonathan are one of the best examples we can find anywhere of what friendship can be. Even though they lived through difficult times, they are a great example of two people being true friends to each other. There's a lot to be learned in looking at this friendship.
This is the first message in a six-part series on friendship — not just regular friend, however, but "spiritual friendship," which is friendship in the context of being a follower of Jesus. The premise of the series is that friends are not just nice to have, but beneficial for us, for our walk with God, and for the advancement of the Gospel. God uses friendships to help make us more like Jesus.
God has wired us to need each other. God prioritizes relationships.
Love is the greatest gift we can give to any relationship. This message reviews the power of love from 1 Corinthians 13 when given to marriages, friendships... even our enimies!