One on my favorite places to eat are good Chinese restaurants. The American tradition of Fortune Cookies is fun for our family. We try to make something out of them and see what laughs these “fortunes” generate. One visit produced “fortunes” that seemed connected and lead to the following “Sermon from Fortune Cookies.” Each cookie seemed to focus on friendship. The wise man reveals; Prov 27:17 “Where would we be without the friends who shaped us?”
Fortune Cookie #1: The Only Rose without a Thorn is Friendship
Prov 17:17, “A friend loves at all times,”
Prov 18:24, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly,”
But could not find one there,
I went out to be a friend,
And friends were everywhere.
Fortune Cookie # 2: Share Your Joys and Sorrows
Rom 12:15, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep”
Jas 5:16, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another,”
Fortune Cookie # 3: You Will Be Called Upon to Help a Friend in Trouble
Prov 27:10, “Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, Nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity; Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.”
Gal 6:1-2, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
The following quotes demonstrate the universal need for friends.
- “Some make enemies instead of friends because it is easier.” – E.C. Mckenzie
- “Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.” – Benjamin Franklin
- “If you really want to know who your friends are: make a mistake.” – The Bible Companion
- “So long as we love we serve. No man is useless while he is a friend.” – R. L. Stevenson
- “We are mistaken if we think that people are simply looking for friendly churches; they are looking for friends.” – David E. Garland.