Bible Verses

“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”– Proverbs 18:24

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”- John 15:12-13

“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.” – Proverbs 24:9

“After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.” – Job 42:10

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”- 1 Peter 4:8-10

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

It is important to develop and maintain friendships.  Providing love and support to a network of friends provides love, fellowship, and security to everyone affected.  As stated in 1 Peter above, we should use the gifts we receive to serve others.   It is not important to look better than others, it is important to contribute to others so we all benefit.

Do not worry about receiving credit for your good deeds, other people will notice you without your effort to show them.  The satisfaction that comes from helping other people is far greater than the pleasure of receiving credit for specific efforts.  

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

Wallace and Debra

Wallace worked hard in college to earn a high-grade point average so he would be successful in business.  He knew he would be judged by his college records until he worked long enough to establish a work history. 

After his second year in college, Wallace started getting concerned about his college success. Up to this point, almost all the work was individual.  Now in his junior year, some of the classes required working with groups to complete projects that competed against other groups.  Wallace worked hard to look better than the others which meant he did not make many friends.  In fact, he did his best to look better than the other classmates every chance he had.  Now, none of them wanted to work with him.

Wallace was very concerned.  He worked hard for many years and now he found himself in a position to fail.  He decided to call his cousin Debra.  She was in college and he trusted her judgment.  Wallace called Debra and briefed her on the situation. 

Debra explained to Wallace that he not only needed to change his view on life during the next two years to be successful in college, but he also needed to change his life permanently.   These same factors will exist in work, communities, and all other life situations.  Debra said, “Wallace, you need to think about other people, develop close friendships, and quit worrying about how important you look.”

Wallace thought about what Debra told him.  He never viewed life that way.  It would be a major change in his life to focus on helping other people rather than his own success.  Debra told him he still needed to make sure he studied and did his required work, but it was important to share the credit with everyone who contributed.  She told him to help those who needed his help.  She said, “you never know when you will need help from someone”. 

It took Wallace several months to devote enough effort to helping other classmates before the other students started working with Wallace, but it was worth it.  He developed several close friendships that proved valuable in future years beyond college.  Wallace learned an important lesson.  Helping other people is much more important than earning credit.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

It is important to work hard and complete your work satisfactorily.  However, it is also important to help other people so we all have a better life.  Part of having a better life is developing strong friendships.  You need friends who know they can count on you and you know you can count on them.  Helping other people makes life better for all of us.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

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