Proverbs 27:5-17, 17:17
Introduction: Teacher, ask for some comments as to what a friend is in their mind. Ask, “how many friends do you have?” Are they friends or acquaintances? How many of these “friends” would you be willing to die for, and vise versa?
There is a difference between a “friend” and an “acquaintance.” As a matter of fact, I believe that we use our friendships a little too loosely in this country.
We ought not to take a friendship lightly, because there seems to be much confusion today about friends even in our Christian circles. The Book of Proverbs has much to say about friendships
“Friend” was a title given to Abraham because of his close relationship with God. A friend of a king was usually a high court official. It was also used as a greeting for either friend or foe.
The story of David and Jonathan is an example of true human to human friendship relationship. In the Old Testament the Hebrew word “Reyan” means brother, lover and is used more for an acquaintance than a friendship. The second Hebrew word is “Awhab” and is used for a deep love and affection for.
This is the word that God used in Proverbs 18:24, “there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Also 27:6, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend (Awhab); but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”
Do you know what that means? Jesus loves us as a brother with that deep love and affection. “Friend” is a very sacred word and in the NT means: dearly beloved. See John 15:13-16.
Bro. Hyles said, “One of the great joys of my life is loving people for whom I would die and having the love of people who would die for me.”