Choose Your Friends Wisely! (Proverbs 17:9, 17)
I. We must choose our friends _____________.
A. Our friends influence us.“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” (12:26)
B. We should avoid friendships with those who are evil. “Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company.” (24:1) “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered.” (22:24)
II. We all need ________________ friendships.
A. Quality friendships share God’s faithful love. “Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.” . . . . (17) “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” (17:9, 17)
B. Quality friendships share godly advice and exhortation. “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” . . . . . (9) “Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.” (27:6, 9)
III. We must become a quality friend to ____________ quality friends. “One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.”