Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Very few people understand the simplicity involved in cultivating true friendships. In fact, far too many people emphasize the wrong factors when considering how to make friends. They look at one’s appearance or charisma and attribute it as the key to making friends. Yet, the Bible points out a simple process as the key for gaining true friends. The one who makes friends simply must first “shew himself friendly.” Unapproachable people remain lonely and tend to miss out on much of what life has to offer. Those who struggle making friends should examine themselves to see whether or not they truly display themselves as friendly or more standoffish. People generally refuse to put forth the extra effort to get to know those who come across unwelcoming. People want to make friends with those who are approachable and there is no better way to make yourself approachable than to show yourself friendly. If a man does not appear to be friendly, others will pass him in their quest to cultivate lasting relationships.
• (For children): If you see someone with whom you would like to be friends, you may have to be the first one to say, “Hello”; to extend your hand for a handshake; to sit by him or her in church or Sunday School. Don’t wait for that person to come to you. Be the first to be friendly!
• (For everyone): Do you generally try to make friends with people who seem unfriendly? Do you think others feel the same way about making friends? Are there some people you would like to get to know better? Have you presented yourself friendly toward them?
• Are you easy to get along with? Do you treat others nicely? Are you kind and considerate in their presence? Do you make yourself available as a friend?
• Ask God to show you the way in which you conduct yourself with others.
• Ask the Lord to help you to be friendly to those who need a friend.
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