In the fairy tale of “The King’s New Clothes” the king was conned into thinking that the very best and most-intelligent people could see his new invisible clothes until a child proclaimed, “But he HAS no clothes.” Then the king knew that he was naked. All of those he considered to be his friends were not honest and reliable in telling him the truth about his situation. Our true friends stick by us when we’re in rough times, but they tell us THE TRUTH when we are wrong or putting ourselves in danger or headed for embarrassment.
True Christian friends do that. Because they want us to share in the joy and freedom of Christ in our lives, we can depend upon them to be candid with us as well as stand by us.
In this message we will explore the traits of a true friend. We need friends who are reliable, trustworthy, driven, loving, forgiving, honest, supportive, and humble.
Because we want the best for those Christian friends-we-love, we must also have these traits. As Christians, we need to be forthright and follow the word of God in our behavior. We also need challenge friends (and to be challenged by our friends) to uphold our witness by being faithful to the teachings of God.
1 John 4:5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.