This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Proverbs 27) while we focus in on just a few verses.
Background: The book of Proverbs (wise sayings) is one of the most practical books in the Bible. It is full of timeless teaching for everyday living. In it are approximately 900 pieces of wise advice for young and old. Solomon wrote most of these proverbs.
Proverbs 27 gives us a snapshot of what a real friend is for.
Ask the children…
What does a real friend do?
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (Proverbs 27:17)
We have been brought up thinking that a real friend just supports us in whatever we want to do and will stand by for us no matter what. Not so says this proverbs writer. Real friends will get in our faces and tell us that we are being unwise and making a mistake even at the risk of losing our friendship. Those are the kind of friends you want to have.
Ask your children if they have any real friends like that? Ask them where they could find such friends? Encourage them to cultivate real friendship by being real friend who sharpens their friends.
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