Preventing Fake Friends


Scripture: Matthew 7:16

KJV: “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?”


Let me start by sharing this insightful information I found on, which explains that FAKE FRIENDS are like shadows: always there when you need them, but unobservable when you need them most. I want to share an important information with you today, but first let me share this. True friends are like stars—they are always there, even when you can’t see them.

“True friends are always there for you. Fake friends only appear when they need something from you.” The Bible clearly states in Matthew 7:16- “ye shall know them by their fruits……”

Hello everyone. As my “Daily Digest” for today’s reflection, I chose to share this post with my “friends” because I thought it was so insightful. Please finish reading and say a prayer asking that you never meet such an unkind friend this year or in your lifetime.

A man pleaded that the bandits should give him $US20,000 out of the money he was handing over to them as his ransom.

The gang asked him why.

“I promised my friend that I’ll give him twenty thousand out of my retirement benefits to start a business.”

The bandits looked at each other and asked him who that friend was.

He told them.

They looked at each other again in amazement and broke the news to him.

It was the same friend who gave them information that he, their current victim, was expecting his retirement benefits.

Later, they brought the rogue friend before them and handed the man a gun. They ordered him to pull the trigger.

The man refused to kill his friend. They gave his so called friend the gun to shoot the man, he did not even think twice to pull the trigger but alas, it was without a bullet in the chamber.

They laughed and collected the gun and shot the friend point blank. They then handed over to the man his bag of money.

Go home, they said.

However, let me briefly share three ways you could spot a fake friend.

1- They are two faced. They smile and laugh with you, but then slander you behind your back.

2- They want to know your information and secrets so they can gossip to others. 

3- They always gossip about their other friends. 

Finally, when Jesus first met his disciples, he held off on referring to them as friends until he got to know them better and assessed their personalities. Therefore, Jesus declares in John 15:14–16, “You are my friends if you do as I command. I no longer refer to you as servants because a servant is not privy to the affairs of his master. Instead, I have referred to you as friends because I have shared with you everything I have learned from my father.

Be careful of those you call your friends this year 2023.


Gentle Jesus. Please help us to be good friends to others, and may we be able to spot fake friends around us. We pray for the Holy Spirit to guide and help us to Love those that are true friends, Amen.

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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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