As human beings, we all need friends. It is extremely valuable to have people in our lives who are willing to invest in us and in whom we are also willing to invest.
Unfortunately, in some ways, the bar for friendship has been lowered greatly in recent years. Today, parents must be sure to teach their children that real friendship means much more than shallow social media interaction.
What Proverbs 18 Says About Real Friendship
Social media has changed our view of friendship. Facebook, in particular, has certainly convoluted the term, turning friendship into more of a nebulous performance-based pursuit—a pseudo-relationship based more on style than on substance. Teaching our kids about commitment and integrity are key components to teaching them about real friendship.
Proverbs 18: 24 says, “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” The many friends our kids brag about having on Facebook are most often little more than companions—if that. Many Facebook companions have ruined many a good kid. So let’s teach our kids the difference a Facebook companion and a real friend.
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