Learning on the way
What common interests have joined you with your friends in the past? How does the gospel now shape your friendships? Who are you friends with that you wouldn’t be friends with outside the gospel? How did you become friends with that person (those people)?
In the context of Proverbs 18:24, the verse discusses the contrast between a person with many companions and a friend who sticks closer than a brother. How does this verse emphasize the depth and commitment required for true friendship? Can you share examples from your own experiences that align with or challenge this concept?
The text mentions the issue of being a friend solely for utility, where friendships are based on usefulness and may fade when that utility diminishes. Have you ever been in a situation where you felt your friendships were primarily based on utility? How did it make you feel, and how did you navigate such friendships?
The text emphasizes thoughtfulness in friendship, citing examples of thoughtless actions and words that can hurt others unknowingly. Can you recall a time when you unintentionally hurt someone through thoughtless behavior? How did it impact your relationship, and what did you learn from the experience?
The text discusses the voluntary gift of emotional connection in friendship, highlighting the ability to empathize and support friends in both good and bad times. Can you think of a friend who has demonstrated this level of emotional connection to you, or vice versa? How did it strengthen your bond, and what role does emotional connection play in your most meaningful friendships?