TEXT: Ruth 1:6-18
The Book of Ruth relates one of the most down-to-earth examples of true friendship in the Bible. It is a story of choices and the consequences of those choices. Ruth unquestionably felt a deep kinship with her mother-in-law which caused her to forsake all that was familiar and journey to an unknown land where she became an ancestress of Christ.
- What were some of the attributes Naomi possessed which drew Ruth to her? Ruth 1:8,20-21; 3:1,6,18
- Ruth made one choice, and Orpah another. Their decisions made a great difference in the future events of their lives. What took place in Ruth’s life? What very likely happened to Orpah?
- Consider these biblical examples of friendship, and write what influence you think each of the people had on their friend.
Moses and Aaron — Exodus 17:10-13
Joshua and Caleb — Numbers 14:6-9
David and Jonathan — 1 Samuel 18:3-4
Elijah and Elisha — 2 Kings 2:2,4,6
Paul and Silas — Acts 16:25
- What qualities should we look for in friends?
- Using Proverbs 18:24, how should we go about establishing friendships?
- An old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together,” might have had its inspiration from Proverbs 13:20. Read this verse and write how you think our associations affect what other people think of us.
- Why is it important to have godly standards and goals established in our own life while developing friendships?
- It has been said that every Christian needs a Paul, a Barnabas, and a Timothy in their lives. Paul represents the influence of an older person—a friend who can serve as a spiritual advisor or mentor. Barnabas represents friendship with a peer—someone who holds you accountable and is not afraid to “tell it like it is.” Timothy represents a younger person, or a new Christian who looks to you for spiritual nurturing or example. Why is it important for a Christian to develop friendships on all three levels?