Theme: Staying loyal to friends.
1. Proverbs 27:10 gives some advice about friendship. What makes someone a good friend? How would people describe your friendship with them?
2. In the Bible, loyalty is a big part of friendship. In Ruth 1:6-18, Naomi was living in Moab. She was a widow who had a very hard life. When she was old, she decided to return to her homeland. As she was leaving, she encouraged her daughter-in-law Ruth to go back to her own family in Moab. Ruth saw that Naomi needed her to be a friend, a support and to be a part of her family. Ruth insisted on going back to Israel with Naomi. Together, they started a journey together that led Ruth to become the grandmother of King David of Israel. As you listen this episode, think about how to be a loyal friend.
“Don’t desert an old friend of your family”
In this episode, Liz is saved when his loyal friends come looking for him.
In 1 Samuel 20, Jonathan and David were best friends. Jonathan was the son of King Saul. One day, Jonathan had to give David some bad news: King Saul was trying to kill him.
What did Jonathan do? Jonathan tried to stop his dad. David never blamed Jonathan for what King Saul was doing. Jonathan and David promised each other that in the name of the Lord, their friendship would last forever, and not just between them, but even between their future children. So even after Jonathan died, King David always made sure that all of Jonathan's son’s needs were met and that he was honored at David’s table .
Our aim in friendship should be to be like Jonathan and David: to not let other people destroy our friendship, to do our very best for each other, and to make sure that God is part of our friendships!
To be a loyal friend, you probably won't have to rescue your friends from a warehouse, but you may need to rescue them from gossip. What should you do if you hear gossip about a friend? Could you change the subject? Say something good about your friend? Write down some responses that you could have. Practice them out loud so you are ready when gossip strikes.