- What qualities do you look for in a best friend? (Answers might include: kind; funny; loyal; trustworthy, etc. Be prepared to share what qualities you find valuable in a friend.)
- How are you a good friend to others? (Answers may include: I always keep our secrets; I stick up for my friends if someone is bullying them; I help them with their chores so we can hang out faster, etc.)
We should always want the best for our friends, even if it means it might hurt us in the process.
- Have you ever experienced a situation where you gave something up for a friend, even if it was something you wanted for yourself? (Answers might include: I played my best friend in soccer and his team beat ours, but I still was happy for him and congratulated him after the game; my best friend and I were up for the same part in our school play, she got the part instead of me and I helped her learn her lines, etc.)
Having our friends beat us for a position, part, or grade in class can be hard to swallow. We want the best for our friends, but when it means we may have to take second place, it can be harder to accept.
Today, we’re going to see God’s example of what true friendship looks like. Two men, the best of friends, and one even willing to give up his place as king for the other. How did he handle the loss? Let’s read on and see what wanting God’s best for our friends really looks like.