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I John 4:7
What Makes a Good Friend?


 …let us love one another, because love comes from God... 1 John 4:7 (NIRV)  

Jesus’ Two most Important Commands:  

1. Love God with all your heart  

2. Love your Neighbor as yourself.  

Being Faithful makes a good friend  

“A friend loves at all times. They are there to help when trouble comes.” Proverbs 17:17 (NIRV)

“Perfume and incense bring joy to your heart. And the sweetness of a friend comes from their honest advice. Don’t desert your friend or a friend of your family…” Proverbs 27:9,10 (NIRV)  

Being Tight Lipped makes a good friend  

 “A perverse man spreads strife, And one who gossips separates intimate friends.” Proverbs 16:28 (AMP)

“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret..” Proverbs 11:13 (NIV)  

Being Kind makes a good friend  

“Suppose a crazy person shoots flaming arrows that can kill. Someone who lies to their neighbor and says, 'I was only joking!’ is just like that crazy person.”  Proverbs 26:18-19 (NIRV)   

Being Generous makes a good friend  

“If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” Proverbs 3:28 (NLT)  

Not Being a Co-Signer makes a good friend  

“…don’t promise to pay for what your neighbor owes. Don’t agree to pay a stranger’s bill. Don’t be trapped by what you have said. Don’t be caught by the words of our mouth.” Proverbs 6:1-5 (NIRV) 

“A person who has no sense agrees to pay what other people owe. It isn’t wise to promise to pay other people’s bills.” Proverbs 17:18 (NIRV)  

Being Forgiving makes a good friend  

“Do not say, ‘I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.”’ Proverbs 24:29 (NIV) “Do not say, ‘I'll pay you back for this wrong! Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.’” Proverbs 20:22 (NIV)

Not Being a Tempter or an Enabler makes a good friend  

“It is better not to eat meat or drink wine OR TO DO ANYTHING ELSE that will cause your brother or sister to fall.” Romans 14:21 (NIV)

Being Truthful makes a good friend  

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 

“Wounds from a friend can be trusted.” Proverbs 27:6

“The pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel.” Proverbs 27:9  

Being Unselfish makes a good friend  

“A friend loves all time.” Proverbs 17:17

“A unfriendly man pursues selfish ends.” Proverbs 18:1       

 How Can I be a Good Friend?    

· Be Faithful

· Be Tight lipped

· Be Kind

· Don’t be a Co-Signer

· Be Generous

· Be Forgiving

· Don’t be a Tempter or Enabler

· Be a Truth Teller

· Be Unselfish