A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: And there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
Friends pt 3a :types of friends
Last time I addressed the characteristics of a good friend and this time I will address the types of friends found in this world
Easy and everyone of our friends belongs to one of the following group, and I will show you all the type of friends through the deciplines of Jesus Christ
I’ll define four now and the other four on the next teaching
TYPES OF FRIENDS
1. Friends for gain. These type of friends come close to you because of what they stand to gain, they don’t care about what happens to you as long as they still get what they came for.
5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.(John 12:4-6),
They look very much as dedicated as the best but everything they do or support is backed by a selfish reason.
2. Friends because of status. these are friends who became your friends because of your social status, they are only friends of popular people.
35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
3. Friends of your heart. these type of friends are friends you have put you in a special place in their heart, they are sort of possessive, they want to be where you are, they don’t care about status or criticism.
23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table close to Jesus,
20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who had been reclining at table close to him and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?”
these type of friends don’t like anyone who is a threat to their beloved friend.
4. Loud friends. these type of friends like boasting that you’re their friends they are quick to sow support but when their life is threatened they easily life you hanging.
35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.(Matthew 26:34),
Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. (Matthew 26:74)
we need to identify the type of friends we have because your friends can either make us or destroy us