Sunday, February 5, 2012

Lesson 15- Praying For Your Husband/ Future Husband

Pray that your husband will choose his friends wisely. Pray that God will bring him men who will encourage his accountability before God, and will not lead him into sin.

Prov. 13:20
Walk with the wise and become wise,
for a companion of fools suffers harm.

Prov. 27:17
As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.

I found some friendship bible verses that celebrates the blessings of God in the gift of true friendship. You can read more

Faithful Friends are a Rare Treasure

Proverbs 18:24

There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
Godly Friends Give Good Advice

Proverbs 12:26

The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.

Loyal Friends Love Through Difficult Times

Proverbs 17:17

A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

The Wrong Friends Can Have a Negative Influence

Proverbs 22:24–25

Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.

What does a Godly friendship look like?

~It is a friendship is based on a shared love for the Lord and commitment to his will .

~Friends enjoy talking about their common interest - the Lord.

~Friends lead us closer to God, they do not want to do anything that might pull us away from him.

~Friends want the best for each other no matter what it costs (even if it means losing out themselves), they want to see the Lords will in their friends life.

~Friends are loyal, they protect each other, even when they themselves might end up sharing in the difficulties. They genuinely care for each other and stay friends through good times and bad.

~Friends encourage, when life is tough and the Lord seems a long way away, they stick close and help to point you back to the Lord, they focus your attention back on him.

~Friends can be open and honest with each other with no fear of condemnation. They listen and can be trusted completely. They can be let "inside" - hopes, fears, dreams and hurts can be shared.

~Friends see each other through the Lords eyes and so see the best and believe the best about each other.

~Friends pray for and with each other friends give and ask for nothing in return.

~Friends are able to say sorry when they hurt or wrong one another and can forgive.

~They are sensitive to each others feelings and feel each others pain.

~Friends will gently correct when correction is needed, even when it would be easier not to, and will hang in there whatever the response.

~They never try to pull down always to build up.

How can you be a Godly friend?

7 Ways to be a Godly Friend

By Paul Chappell

1. Godly friends sharpen each other.
Proverbs 27:17 teaches us that “iron sharpeneth iron.” A godly friend will “sharpen” you, and you will “sharpen” him.

2. Godly friends assure each other through adversity. Godly friends love each other. Proverbs 17:17 teaches that friends love at all times—especially in adversity. Do you have the kind of friendship that unashamedly could declare love? The old saying is true, “Prosperity begets friendship; adversity reveals them.”

3. Godly friends participate with each other. Proverbs 18:24 teaches that friends show themselves friendly. I believe this is a picture of action. Godly friends are eager to cooperate, encourage, and help each other.

4. Godly friends rejoice for one another. A Swedish proverb states, “Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.” Godly friends rejoice in the blessings of a friend. This kind of relationship is no place for jealousy, comparison, or envy.

5. Godly friends forgive one another. Friends will eventually hurt each other—and usually unintentionally. Yet, where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is peace. Godly friends resolve tension and quickly forgive.

6. Godly friends do not share or harbor anger. Proverbs 22:24 teaches that we should avoid friendship with an angry or furious man. Yes, there are some men the Bible simply teaches us to avoid or break from. A godly friendship will not be characterized by shared anger or bitterness.

7. Godly friends spark the truth in each other. Proverbs 27:6 says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend….” Godly friends are not afraid to lovingly and appropriately speak the truth to one another. In fact, they long to hear the truth from each other. They recognize that everybody has “blind spots,” and they rejoice that God has given them “another set of spiritual eyes” to help guide, guard, and protect. Beyond that, godly friends rejoice in truth. They discover truth together. They talk about truth. They encourage each other in it and through it. Truth is the common bond of their hearts—a love for God’s Word and a love for communicating His truth to people.

For further reading I came across this great article..... Click HERE to read it.

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