Love & Friendship

Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

How to be Happy was written by Lydia Sigourney and published in 1833.  This little book of spiritual advice is now in the public domain and may be read freely online.


You have little playmates with whom you like to spend your holiday hours. Never quarrel with, or be unkind to them. If you hear them use any improper word, or see them do any improper action, advise them to a different course. If they are happy, and praised by others for their good behavior, rejoice with them. If you feel provoked at any thing while you are with them, use no angry words. It is better to leave off playing, than to contend. The excellent poet, Dr. Watts, says in his hymns for children,

Hard names, and threats, and bitter words
Which are but noisy breath,
May end in blows, and naked swords,
In discord and in death.

Sad accidents have sometimes come from little quarrels among playmates. Try to make your companions happy, and they will love you better. Be willing to give up your wishes to theirs. Do not take pleasure in publishing their faults. Be happy to oblige them when it is in your power. If you treat them in this manner, you will learn how to be a good friend when you grow up.

To be capable of true friendship is a great virtue. If you would be capable of it, you must try not to be selfish, but to study the happiness of others.  We have examples in the Bible and in History, of the most unchangeable friendship. The story of David and Jonathan is an instance of it…. I hope you will have the blessing of a true friend, and be capable also of being a true friend yourself, when you become men and women. So it will be wise to learn what the duties of friendship are, while you are children.

For Further Study:

  • Read the account of David and Jonathan’s friendship in 1 Samuel 20.  Then read about David’s care for Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, in 2 Samuel 9.  Look back at your Bible reading in 1 Corinthians 13.  How did Jonathan and David show these qualities of love for one another?
  • Make 3 columns on a piece of paper.  In the first column, list some of the qualities of love in 1 Corinthians 13.  In the second column, write how you demonstrate each quality to your best friend.  In the third column, write how you would demonstrate it to an enemy.  Then read Luke 6:27 and Romans 5:6-8 as you think about your journal entry today.
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