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Summary: Perhaps the biggest need that most people have today is for a true friend. Studies show that the single biggest reason why churches grow is that members bring their friends to worship with them. Without friends, life is almost too much to bear. The follow

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Characteristics of a True Friend

Perhaps the biggest need that most people have today is for a true friend. Studies show that the single biggest reason why churches grow is that members bring their friends to worship with them. Without friends, life is almost too much to bear.

Jesus said, "You are my friends if you do what I command you." (John 15:13)

Solomon wrote, "If anyone wants to have a friend let, him show himself to be a friend." (Prov. 18:24)

Friends are people who walk in when others walk out on you.

The following is a an easy way to remember a few of the necessary characteristics of a true friend:

A Friend.....

Accepts you as you are.

Believes in "you".

Calls you just to say "Hi"!

Doesn’t give up on you.

Envisions the whole of you (even the

unfinished parts).

Forgives your mistakes.

Gives unconditionally.

Helps you.

Invites you over.

Just wants to "be" with you.

Keeps you close at heart.

Loves you for who you are.

Makes a difference in your life.

Never judges.

Offers support.

Picks you up.

Quiets your fears.

Raises your spirits.

Says nice things about you.

Tells you the truth when you need

to hear it.

Understands you.

Values you.

Walks beside you.

X-plains things you don’t understand.

Yells when you won’t listen.

Zaps you back to reality.

A brother is born for times of adversity but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Song: There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus. No not one. No not one. None else can heal all our souls diseases. No not one. No not one. Jesus knows all about our struggles. He will guide till the day is done. There’s not a friend like the lowly (Humble) Jesus. No not one. No not one.


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