Sermon – Friends, the Risks and Gains

Basic and Simple Sermon Outline: The Risks and Gains of Having Friends.

If there’s no risk there is no gain? In man’s point of view if we never risk we will never gain anything. I presume that should be acceptable and accurate as well. Since we need to prioritize and pick the most important ones to us. There is an urgency  to divide and spend quality time with our love ones.

Here is a simple analogy. Having more oxen means more work for the farmer but more income too. Less or no oxen means no manger to clean but there is no income generated. What do you choose? How do we apply these in our lives?
  • Proverbs 14:4 – Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

To gain a friend we should sacrifice something too.

  •  Proverbs 17:17 – A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
  • Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Having friends generally mean helping them when they are need and spending time with them to grow the relationship. It gets more difficult when you have your own family, fulltime job and a dog. They all require time. Some friends are so demanding and dependent. They may need you most of the time? What are you willing to risk to gain and nurture a friendship.
  • Luke 11:5 – Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread
  •  Luke 11:8 –  I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
Are you willing to take the risk to gain more friends or just lose them all? There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Someone who is ready to give and sacrifice anything when you are in need. Having a friend may well be the best thing for you.
  •  John 15:13 – Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
What risks are we willing to take for we to gain a lot more? In our lives we have so many things to think and worry about. The risks and gains are almost unlimited. It is all up to us to decide. One thing for sure, God should be our first and foremost priority.
To gain everlasting life is not the same as  gaining  friends. We definitely have to sacrifice more.
  • Matthew 10:39 – He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Serving and trusting Him is not a risk at all, never a lost but a complete gain.
  • Psalms 91:2-6 …A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee…

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May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you today.

 

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