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ONE OF LIFE’S GREATEST JOYS Friendship. Friendship is Important “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friends” (Proverbs 27:17).

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1 ONE OF LIFE’S GREATEST JOYS Friendship

2 Friendship is Important “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friends” (Proverbs 27:17). We need our friends!

3 You Are Important “Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man's friend gives delight by hearty counsel” (Proverbs 27:9). You can be a blessing to your friends!

4 You Are Important You can be a blessing to your friends! “Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, nor go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity; better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away. (Proverbs 27:10).

5 You Are Important “A man who has friends must himself be friendly… ” (Proverbs 18:24). Be unselfish with your friends!

6 Your Friends Should be Important We must remember to think of the friendship needs of others. Some people live and die alone. This sad reality can often be prevented. “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12).

7 Treat Your Friends Well “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17). “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Proverbs 27:6).

8 Jesus is Our Greatest Friend “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus. No, not one.

9 Jesus is Our Greatest Friend No one else can heal all our souls’ diseases. We have a sin problem. We all sin. God punishes sinners. We need a savior. Prov 27:17 Prov 27:9 Prov 27:10 Prov 18:24 Matt 7:12 Prov 17:17 Prov 27:6 Prov 18:24 Matt 28:20 Heb 4:16 2 Cor 8:9 Heb 2:17-18 Jude 1:24 Eph 1:3-4 1 Thes 4:18 2 Thes 2:16-17

10 Jesus is Our Greatest Friend No man is so great, yet lowly. We know the King of Kings: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me…” (Matthew 28:20). “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

11 Jesus is Our Greatest Friend No man is so great, yet lowly. Yet Jesus cared enough to give His life for us. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).

12 Jesus is Our Greatest Friend No man cares for us like Jesus. “Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:17-18).

13 Jesus is Our Greatest Friend No man cares for us like Jesus. “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy…” (Jude 1:24).

14 Jesus is Our Greatest Friend No man cares for us like Jesus. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love…” (Ephesians 1:3-4).

15 Jesus is Our Greatest Friend No man comforts us like Him. “Therefore, comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:18). “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).

16 Who Is Your Greatest Friend? Is It Jesus?


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