A Good Friend

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Marcus threw his notebook against the wall of his friend's room. "It's no use, Byron!" he growled. "I'm never going to get this."

Byron set his own book down. "You just need to study more," he said.

"No! I'm done," declared Marcus. "You've been trying to help me for weeks, but I don't do any better. I'm gonna fail. I don't understand math and I really don't care anymore." Marcus picked up his book and headed home.

When grades were handed out later that week, Byron saw Marcus glance at his grade, then angrily stuff the test paper into his bag. "Hey, buddy, how'd you do?" Byron asked when the dismissal bell rang.

"I passed," Marcus said and walked away.

"Hey, great!" Byron followed him. "Uh . . . is something wrong?"

"I don't want to talk about it," muttered Marcus. "I passed, okay? Leave me alone!" Byron stared at his friend, feeling confused. He got more confused the next day when Marcus didn't speak to him--and not much to anyone else, either.

After school, Byron grabbed Marcus by the arm. "Okay, dude!" said Byron. "We're best friends. Tell me what's bothering you. Maybe I can help."

Marcus couldn't look at Byron as he mumbled, "I . . . I cheated."

"What?" exclaimed Byron.

"On the test. I cheated. You know that smart kid--Mike? He said he'd make sure I could see his answers if I'd gave him a couple dollars," explained Marcus. "So I did--and he did. But now I feel awful! What should I do, Byron?"

"Ask the Lord to forgive you," said Byron, "and then tell your parents and Mrs. Peters." Marcus groaned. "It's the only way you'll ever feel better, Marcus."

The next morning, Marcus looked his old self again. "Hey, guess what?" he said cheerfully. "I get to go to school on Saturdays for the next four weeks!"

"And you're happy about that?" Byron asked.

"Yep! Dad was mad, and he won't let me go to the school ball games for a month. But missing them is nothing compared to how bad I felt,"said Marcus. "And now I'll get to work with the school's math tutor." He grinned. "Thanks for your help, dude. You're a terrible math teacher but a great friend."

How About You?
Has anyone ever confessed a sin to you? When you learn that a friend did something wrong, you may be annoyed that he or she would do such a thing. Or you may want to help by suggesting a way to cover up the misdeed. So what advice should you give? Don't be too harsh--after all, you do wrong things yourself sometimes. But don't forget that you have a responsibility to point friends in the right direction. Love them, pray for them, and gently remind them of what God wants them to do.

Today's Key Verse:
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
(Proverbs 17:17)

Today's Key Thought:
Help a friend