Friend of Sinners,
We have all been marked in diverse ways by the friendships we have known in our lives, sometimes for good and sometimes for ill. How we pray that our child will not suffer harm because of foolish friendships, but instead will grow in your knowledge and grace as they seek the company of the wise (Proverbs 13:20)! In his/her friendships, may he/she exhibit loyalty, loving at all times—even in the midst of adversity (Proverbs 17:17). Even the godliest friendships face challenges; in those moments, may our child suffer long, keeping no record of wrongs, always protecting, trusting, hoping, and persevering (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). May loving correction characterize his/her friendships, for wounds from a friend can be trusted (Proverbs 27:6), and as iron sharpens iron, so friends can sharpen one another (Proverbs 27:17). At every moment, in every way, may our child’s friendships reflect the glory of the cross. Let him/her never choose the way of pride, embracing hypocritical judgment, bitterness and unforgiveness, gossip and factionalism; rather, let him/her choose the way of love, displaying humility, forgiveness, gentle rebuke, and true biblical community. Glorify yourself in his/her friendships.