Do you want to make wise choices in your friends? Better still, do you want to be a wise and godly friend to others? Today’s reading in Proverbs gives us a picture of what makes a truly godly friend.
Godly friends are humble before the Lord. Their pride and self-righteousness have been broken by the power of the gospel. They put Jesus and others before themselves. That humility can seen in their lives by their quiet trust in God. They don’t brag about their plans (Proverbs 27:1), and they don’t talk about themselves a lot (27:2). They are not easily angered and they aren’t jealous of others (27:3-4). Instead, godly friends exhibit fruits of the Spirit like patience, self-control, joy, peace, and above all love. Finally, godly friends speak truth to their friends even when it means saying things that they don’t want to hear, like confronting them about their sin (27:5-6). Real friends are more interested in honoring God and doing what’s best for others than in what people might think about them.
Humility, gentle love, and honesty – these are the qualities of a godly friend. Are you asking God to develop these character traits in your life as you live for Him? Are you seeking godly friends to share fellowship and encourage you in your walk with Christ? Read the passage below and think about the importance of wise friendship for your life today.
The Text (Proverbs 27:1-6)
1 Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
2 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, But a fool’s wrath is heavier than both of them.
4 Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?
5 Open rebuke is better Than love carefully concealed.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Questions to Think About
- Do you want to be more humble, kind, and honest? Is God building those qualities in you right now? How can you tell?
- Jesus told us not to condemn others, but He also said that we should evaluate others by the spiritual fruit we see or don’t see in their lives. We know trees by the fruit they bear. So we can tell who people are by observing how they act and talk over time. How are you doing with choosing wise and godly friends right now?