How to Have Godly Friendships (Acts 16:16-34)Bro. Mike Meade, September 23, 2018
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The Apostle Paul faced many trials and hardships during his ministry. Thankfully, he didn't face it all alone. Yes, he had the Lord with him, but he also had a friend; Silas.
Godly friendships are important in the Christian life. There are going to be times when we feel like we are facing the world alone. There are times when we need true, friendly, Biblical advise and guidance. We need people who make us better and encourage us a Christians rather than those who drag us down and entice us to sin. Someone to stick by our side when the going gets tough.
Think about Silas. He stuck by Paul's side throughout his ministry. Paul was the one who was preaching the Gospel and accused of breaking the law. Yet we often see Silas right by his side in jail, enduring the punishment and persecution for nothing more than being by Paul's side. Silas was a good friend.
Are you being a good friend? Ask God to make you one. Do you have at least one Godly friendship? Then thank God for that relationship.
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16And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. 18And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. 19And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, 20And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 21And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. 22And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. 23And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 25And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. 27And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. 34And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. (KJV)