I was really astounded here recently when I read about a young man who said he didn’t have any friends. In fact that was what his article was about. He wanted to know how do you get good friends. I have never had any problems when it came to acquiring friends. I have always used what I have been taught at church when I was a young child. I will never forget what my Sunday School teacher said about having friends. She taught us that if we applied the principles that are written in the book of Proverbs we would always have friends. Good friends at that. So I am going to share with you what I was taught.
In Proverbs 18:24 it says, “A man that hath friends must show himself friendly; and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” So I was taught and I found out it is true, that if you present yourself as a friendly person you attract good people who eventually become good friends with you. I also know for myself that all friendly people who believe in God makes very good friends.
Sometimes there are a few exceptions to the rule and you run into a stupid or pretentious person in the church setting, but they are the ones who are not walking according in the ways of Christ but in the way of the world. That makes a big difference.
Most of the ideals that people have concerning friendship and gaining a friend, are taken from the secular reasoning of the world but I think that most of them really do not know what good friendship is all about. If you notice in the news now, there are a lot of so called friends are taking advantage and even killing so-called friends. A lot of so called relationships are damaged including marriages because the friendship just wasn’t there. Real friendly relationships are built on love. It can be brotherly love, or agape love, but, in all friendly relationships there is an element of real love.