“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” – Colossians 3:13

“If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” – Ecclesiastes 4:10

“Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.” – Job 6:14

“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

“8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – I Peter 4:8-10

The Bible tells us that friendship can be the greatest source of joy, healing, love, and encouragement.  “A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity” – Proverbs 17:17. 

Supporting friends can be challenging at times, but other times friendships can help us face major challenges and hardships.  If we expect our friends to support us during times of need, we must support those same friends when they need our support.  It is important to not judge whether a friend deserves your support, but to make sure you give needed support to all your friends, whether that support is your time, some of your possessions, or your finances.  When you set the example regarding how to support friends, treating people properly will spread to other people.  We can all contribute to making the world a better place.

Joan with her father

Joan is in her third year of high school.  She is working hard to be accepted by a major university.  Her family is a solid Christian family who attends church regularly.  Joan has many friends, mostly from her classes in high school.  Joan wants to be an engineer after she graduates college.  She is close to her family members, but even closer to a few of her friends. 

Halfway through her junior year, her best friend, Sarah, became very sick and missed one week of classes at a very bad time.  The mid-term exams were in five days, and she needed Joan’s help to prepare for them.  Joan had prepared for the exams early because she wanted to attend a rock concert.  Joan told Sarah that she was very sorry, but she pre-paid for the tickets and planned for that concert for a long time.  Joan told Sarah that she would try to find someone else to help her.  However, Joan did not take the time to find someone else and Sarah worked very hard but only did average on the exam. 

Joan felt bad for Sarah for a day or two, but she did not feel it was her responsibility to prepare Sarah.  A year later during Joan’s senior year, she needed a strong recommendation from a prominent engineer to help her get accepted to a top university that had engineering degrees.  She asked her friend Bob to help her.  Bob’s father was a very successful engineer and knew people who could recommend Joan. 

Bob kept telling Joan that his father was checking for her, but he never scheduled a call with anyone.  Joan was so upset.  She really wanted to attend that university.  She complained to her friends.  One of her friends, Bill, told her that she was in the same position as Bob a year ago.  He told her she could have helped Sarah, but she chose to go to a concert instead. 

Joan learned an important lesson about friendships.  Friendships are very important, and they should be given priority.  When Joan talked with mother about the two situations, her mother told her that it is important to be there for your friends, but not because you will need them someday, but because you care about them.  Joan thought about what her mother said and realized that she should have helped Sarah because Sarah needed her.  Sarah had to choose another university, but she was there for her friends every time could be the rest of her life.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

Friends are very important.  We need to make a strong effort to support them when they need our help.  The reason we help our friends is because they need us, not because we wish to gain something. 

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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