What qualities make someone a truly great friend? The writer of Proverbs identifies loyalty, honesty, and sensitivity as three characteristics of genuine, godly friendship. In this message, Alistair Begg describes each of these attributes, explaining how they are perfectly embodied in the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as we exercise great care in choosing and maintaining our closest friends, so we must prioritize our friendship with Jesus, who is consistent, eternal, and trustworthy.
10The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
11A rich man's wealth is his strong city,
and like a high wall in his imagination.
12Before destruction a man's heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.
13If one gives an answer before he hears,
it is his folly and shame.
14A man's spirit will endure sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16A man's gift makes room for him
and brings him before the great.
17The one who states his case first seems right,
until the other comes and examines him.
18The lot puts an end to quarrels
and decides between powerful contenders.
19A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city,
and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
20From the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach is satisfied;
he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
21Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits.
22He who finds a wife finds a good thing
and obtains favor from the Lord.
23The poor use entreaties,
but the rich answer roughly.
24A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Copyright © 2020, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.