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“Should Parents Be Friends With Their Children?”

Consider the following passages and judge for yourself:

 

A friend sticks close by (Prov. 18:24) “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
A friend gives sound advice (Prov. 27:9-10a) “…Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel…”
A friend loves at all times (Prov. 17:17) “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
A friend helps when you're down (Ecc. 4:9-10) “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow…
A friend provides physically & emotionally (Ecc. 4:11) “Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?”
A friend fights to protect (Ecc. 4:12) “And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
A friend lays down his life (Jn. 15:13, cf. v.15) “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
A friend is tough sometimes (Prov. 27:6) “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.”
A friend is gentle sometimes (Job 6:14) “He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.”
A friend earns trust (1 Sam. 20; cf. Acts 9:26-27)
A friend promotes growth (Prov. 27:17) “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
A friend speaks plainly (Ex. 33:11a) “Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend…”
 

“…“Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.”

(James 2:23)