Friends Sermon Illustrations

Friends Sermon Illustrations

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His Only Request

In olden time there reigned in Persia a great monarch, Shah Abbis, who loved his people. To know them more perfectly he used to mingle with them in various disguises. One day he went as a poor man to the public baths, and there in the tiny cellar he sat beside the fireman who tended the furnace. At mealtime he shared his coarse food and talked to the lonely man as a friend. Again and again he visited him until the man grew to love him. Then one day he told him he was the Emporer, and he waited for the man to ask some gift from him. But the fireman sat gazing on him with love and wonder, and at last he spoke: "You left your palace and your glory to sit with me in this dark place, to partake of my coarse fare, to care whether my heart is glad or sorry. On others you may bestow rich presents, but to me you have given yourself; and it only remains to pray that you never withdraw the gift of your friendship."Letters to Light-Keepers.

Too Many Friends

We hear a lot these days about "How to Win Friends and Influence People." A Christian should be filled with love and kindness, and should be friendly to all; but there is a serious danger of a Christian following a worldly philosophy. The revised version of Proverbs 18:24 gives us a needed warning. "He that maketh many friends (Heb., a man or friends) doeth it to his own destruc­tion." The evident thought is the same as our Lord's warning, "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets" (Luke 6:26).

He who goes about the business of making friends, disregarding his duty as a Christian to stand for truth and righteousness, doeth it to his own spiritual destruction. For example, the minister who is a jolly good fellow and who is afraid to witness to his people against their sins lest he offend them, is destroying his own usefulness as a servant of Christ. John the Baptist could have kept the friendship of Herod and his wife, had he only kept his mouth shut about their sin of living in adultery; but John the Baptist thought more about pleasing his Lord than about making friends. So there are two sides to this question of "making friends and influencing people." Let us make friends without compromise, and then our friends will be few in number but sterling in quality. Let us influence people toward God and Christ and righteous living, through the power of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit.Christian Victory.

The Lord gives our relatives,
Thank God we can choose our friends.


"Well, what is it?"

"It says here, 'A man is known by the company he keeps.' Is that so, Father?"

"Yes, yes, yes."

"Well, Father, if a good man keeps company with a bad man, is the good man bad because he keeps company with the bad man, and is the bad man good because he keeps company with the good man?"—Punch.

Here's champagne to our real friends.
And real pain to our sham friends.

It's better to make friends fast
Than to make fast friends.

Some friends are a habit—some a luxury.

A friend is one who overlooks your virtues and appreciates your faults.

Friends and Hares

The Duke of Longueville's reply, when it was observed to him that the gentlemen bordering on his estates were continually hunting upon them, and that he ought not to suffer it, is worthy of imitation: "I had much rather," answered the duke, "have friends than hares."

Henri IV. once reproached M. d'Aubigné for continuing his friendship for M. de la Trémouille, who had recently been banished from court. D'Aubigné replied—"As M. de la Trémouille is so unfortunate as to have lost the confidence of his master, he may well be allowed to retain that of his friend."

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