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Devotionals by Pastor Jack Graham

How to Know Who Your Real Friends Are

May 22

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Colossians 3:12-13

One thing that always astounds me is the number of people who put conditions on their relationships with others. I’m talking about those people who say, “I’ll be your friend if…” or “I’ll be your friend until….” That’s so sad because it goes against the very definition of friendship!

Real friendship is unconditional. A true friend is one who stays your friend even when you mess up. It’s not about what you do for them. Their friendship is about the love they have for you and will have for you no matter what.

This should impact both how we choose our friends, as well as the kind of friends we are to other people. Biblical friendship reflects the love of Christ and sticks together through thick and thin. In the way that Christ accepts you regardless of your performance, so we are to accept others.

If you want to know who your real friends are, just make a mistake and see who stays around. You’ll find that some “friends” will leave like rats scurrying off a sinking ship. But the real friends in your life will be with you no matter what. Find and be that kind of friend!  

SEEK OUT AND BE A GOOD FRIEND WHO LOVES OTHERS DESPITE THEIR PERFORMANCE.



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About Prestonwood Baptist Church

Prestonwood is a dynamic congregation, with people from all over the North Texas region who have come together for a common purpose—to study God’s Word, to worship Him, to do His work, and to reach the world with the Gospel message.

About Pastor Jack Graham

Pastor Jack Graham is the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the nation's largest, most dynamic congregations.

When Dr. Graham came to Prestonwood in 1989, the 8,000-member congregation responded enthusiastically to his straightforward message and powerful preaching style. He challenged the Prestonwood family with a vision for a larger outreach, and in 1999, the church moved from its North Dallas location to a new 7,500-seat auditorium in west Plano.

Thriving with nearly 37,000 members, Prestonwood continues to grow with seven weekend worship services, four midweek services, about 300 Bible Fellowship classes for all ages, and multiple outreach and community ministries that reach thousands. In 2006, the church added a second location, the North Campus, in a burgeoning area 20 miles north of Plano. And in 2011, Prestonwood returned to its roots—beginning its third location, the Dallas Campus, about two from miles from its original location.

Dr. Graham has served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest American Protestant denomination, with 16 million members and as president of the SBC Pastor’s Conference.

He is a noted author of numerous books, including You Can Make a DifferenceLessons from the HeartA Hope and a FutureLife According to JesusAre you Fit for Life? andPowering UpCourageous Parenting, co-authored by his wife, Deb, is based on their experiences as parents. Dr. Graham’s passionate, biblical teaching is also seen and heard across the country and throughout the world on PowerPoint Ministries. Through broadcasts, online sermons and e-mail messages, he addresses relevant, everyday issues that are prevalent in our culture and that strike a chord with audiences worldwide.

Dr. Graham was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1970, and has a master of divinity degree with honors and a doctor of ministry degree in Church and Proclamation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Contact Prestonwood Baptist Church with Pastor Jack Graham

Mailing Address
Prestonwood Baptist Church

6801 W. Park Blvd.
Plano, TX  75093

Phone Number
(972) 820-5000